British Airways Flight Forced To Make Emergency Landing

270 passengers on board a British Airways flight to China were afraid when they were told they would have to make an emergency landing earlier today.

The British Airways flight which was travelling to Beijing had to make the emergency landing in eastern Siberia after the onboard navigation system failed.

The captain made the request to land in eastern Siberia and forty minutes after making the request, the British Airways flight BA039 successfully landed at 10.41 local time (02.41 London time) in Irkutsk.

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Passengers on board the aircraft were put up in hotels near the airport until the navigation system has been fixed. According to a spokesman for British Airways, passengers would be able to board their plane at 21.00 local time.

By Diane Walker