British Airways Airbus A380 to Los Angeles returns to London Heathrow after engine failure

On 6 November around 16:05 (UTC +0), a British Airways Airbus A380 (G-XLEE) departed from London Heathrow destination Los Angeles as BA269. About one hour into the flight, the pilots encountered a problem with engine number four. Passing the West coast of Scotland, the “giant of the skies” headed back to London Heathrow, not before burning more fuel to reduce the landing weight. At 20:20 – four hours and fifteen minutes after its departure – the A380 touched down at London Heathrow.

A British Airways spokesman said: “We’re sorry for the delay to our customers’ travel plans. The flight is returning to Heathrow due to a minor technical issue. Safety is always our very highest priority and our highly trained flight crew will always err on the side of caution.

Flight BA269 has now been cancelled.

Bart Noëth: Since 1996, I have been working in the Belgian airline industry, from a weekend job as a cabin aircraft cleaner to a flight attendant. After the demise of Sabena - in 2001, I created a website called, originally a meeting place for plane spotters and aviation freaks. Since 2017, the website changed into a professional news site. Next to aviation, I love to travel, wine and dine and enjoy my time off(-line) with my girlfriend, friends and family. My favourite football squad is KV Mechelen, I am an Ironman 70.3 finisher and my ambition is to complete a full Ironman.
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