British Airways flight BA8487 to Malaga returned to London City.
The flight BA8487 from London City to Malaga was operated by an Embraer 190 on 3 September 2023.
The aircraft took off on time but returned to London City only 20 minutes after departure due to a burning smell detected in cabin.
The pilot announced he had ‘a very important announcement’ to make and urged us to listen carefully. He then said: ‘As you have probably noticed there has been smell of burning, this is down to a fault with the air-conditioning and we are going to have to make an emergency landing in the next 10 minutes.
A passenger said to The Independent “This was followed by alarms and a recorded message to tell us to remove our shoes and get in the brace position. The message was repeated.”
The plane climbed to 3,600 ft then descended to London City Airport for the emergency landing.
As the aircraft landed safely, emergency vehicles “chased the plane down the runway”.
The aircraft on the ground at London City was inspected and resumed service the following morning with a routine flight from London City to Belfast.