British Airways flight BA49 from London Heathrow to Seattle lands safely after it declares mid-air emergency

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The flight will land at Heathrow airport shortly (Source: Getty)

A British Airways flight from London to Seattle was forced to turn around after it declared a mid-air emergency.

The flight was just under two hours into an eight-hour flight to the city, in the North West of the US.

A British Airways spokesperson said the flight's pilots had encountered a "technical problem", although reports suggested there was a problem with oxygen in the cabin while it was flying over Scotland, just to the north west of Edinburgh. As it passed over the Midlands, the Boeing-777 was said to be flying at "barely 17,000ft".

Twitter users posted images of the low-flying aircraft:

The flight was given priority to land at Heathrow on what was described as a "very busy afternoon".

A spokesperson for British Airways said:

The aircraft has landed safely. Our highly trained pilots returned to Heathrow as a precaution after a suspected technical fault. The safety of our customers and crew is always our top priority.

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