Heathrow Airport‘s Twitter feed has reported the following message as recently at 9:09 this morning…..
“Both runways are currently closed. All passengers & crew have been safely evacuated from an aircraft which is on the northern runway.”
Sky News reports that both runways have been closed because of this incident.
BBC News are reporting that a British Airways plane is involved. The Southern runway has now re-opened but the Northern Runway is still closed due to the stricken aircraft having deployed its emergency chutes to quickly evacuate the passengers.
There is further speculation that the aircraft may have hit a flock of birds on take-off leading to plume of smoke coming out of at least one of the engines.