BA plane circles over North Sea to 'dump fuel' after technical problem minutes into flight from Heathrow to LA

A BA flight from London to Los Angeles had to return to the UK after "dumping fuel at sea" minutes after take-off.

Flight BA269 turned around mid-air after circling over the North Sea for 45 minutes before landing safely back at Heathrow.

Images posted on Twitter are said show the plane shedding fuel at around 10,000ft, , according to Flightradar24.

A BA spokesperson told the Sun Online: "Our highly-trained pilots returned to Heathrow as a precaution.

"The aircraft has landed safely and we have a replacement aircraft standing by to get our customers away on their journey as quickly as we can."

The passenger jet took off at 4.40pm and was due to land in LA at 7.30pm local time.

During a normal flight, the plan is to burn fuel so the plane's weight will by lighter by the time it lands at its destination airport.

However, if an airplane encounters a technical problem and needs to make an emergency landing early in a flight it could have too much fuel on board.

This means the flight crew has to quickly get rid of excess weight and the easiest way to do that is by dumping fuel.

Dumping fuel can reduce the weight quickly, dumping thousands of pounds in a few minutes.

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