British Airways faces a seven figure repair bill after one of its own Heathrow employees allowed a scanning gun to get sucked into an aircraft engine.
The incident took place earlier in June at Heathrow’s Terminal 5, the aircraft involved an A320 that was being powered up before push-back. It would seem that an engineer left a tool on the outer engine cover which was then sucked inside as the engines were turned on.
The aircraft had been scheduled to fly to Bucharest, Romania and led to some 150 passengers being delayed for 3 hours before a replacement aircraft could be arranged.
A spokesman for British Airways said: ‘We are sorry that customers on our flight to Bucharest were delayed. We arranged for a replacement aircraft as quickly as possible to keep the delay to a minimum.’