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Cabin crew praised in Heathrow Airbus drama

Cabin crew praised in Heathrow Airbus drama

24 May 2013

A BA762 flight to Oslo, an Airbus A319, was forced to return to Heathrow with flames and thick black smoke pouring from the right hand engine.

Eighty passengers and crew were successfully and safely evacuated from the aircraft by the three on board cabin crew, the only injury being a suspected broken wrist. Passengers praised the efficiency and professionalism of the cabin crew.

Unite regional officer Matt Smith said: “This incident highlights why the experience and training of British Airways cabin crew should never be underestimated and is at the forefront of aviation safety. Once again Unite can be very proud of its members in BA cabin crew who can always be relied on.”

Unite national officer for civil aviation Oliver Richardson added: "On a daily basis cabin crew in the UK work as safety professionals, achieving the highest possible standards for colleagues and passengers.”

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For further information please contact Unite senior communications officer Shaun Noble on 07768 693940 

  • Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest trade union with 1.5 million members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.