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BA plane lands safely after glitch

A British Airways' plane with more than 200 passengers on board has landed safely after having to return to London following a suspected technical problem.

The Boeing 777 - flight BA49 - had left Heathrow Airport at around 2.35pm today bound for Seattle in the USA.

It reached a point north-west of Edinburgh when the cockpit crew made the decision to return to Heathrow.

The aircraft, carrying 218 passengers and 14 crew, landed at around 4.45pm.

A BA spokesman said the plane had turned back " as a precaution due to a suspected technical problem".

He added: "Our pilots are highly trained to deal with these scenarios. Our engineers will check out the plane."

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