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BREAKING NEWS: British Airways plane carrying 137 people on board is struck by drone as it prepares to land at Heathrow

  • An object hit the front of the plane as it approached Heathrow’s Terminal 5
  • Pilot aboard flight from Geneva called police to report collision ‘with drone’
  • Police investigation launched but no one arrested as enquiries continue

A British Airways flight was struck by what is thought to have been a drone as the aircraft prepared to land at Heathrow Airport.

An investigation has been launched after an object hit the front of the Airbus A320 as it approached Heathrow’s Terminal 5 shortly after noon.

Flight BA727 from Geneva in Switzerland was hit as it came into the London hub with 132 passengers and five crew on board.


British Airways said the aircraft was examined by engineers and cleared for its next flight following the incident.

A Metropolitan Police spokesman said: ‘A pilot on an inbound flight into Heathrow Airport from Geneva reported to police that he believed a drone had struck the aircraft.

‘It transpired that an object, believed to be a drone, had struck the front of the aircraft.

The spokesperson added that no arrests had yet been made and the incident is currently being investigated by aviation police.

A British Airways spokesman said: ‘Our aircraft landed safely, was fully examined by our engineers and it was cleared to operate its


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