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British Airways jet forced to land after smoke fears

A BA Airbus 320

A British Airways jet carrying 158 people was forced to make an emergency landing after a cockpit smoke-warning light came on.

The Airbus 320 was on its way to London from Cyprus when it made its unscheduled stop in Athens.

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The plane had just left Larnaca when the pilot reported that a warning indicator had lit up.

All the passengers and six crew members exited safely after landing.

A check of the plane at Athens International Airport did not reveal any problems.

A British Airways spokeswoman said: “We’re very sorry for the delay to our customers’ journeys.

“We have provided them with accommodation following their diversion into Athens due to a minor technical issue.

“The safety of our customers and crew is always our top priority and we would never operate a flight unless it was safe to do so.”

 

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