The pungent smell of poo permeating a British Airways aircraft late last week forced a captain to abort the flight and return to Heathrow Airport. Passengers aboard Flight BA105 were 30 minutes into their seven-hour journey to Dubai when the captain announced that the flight would be going back to Heathrow.
Passengers on the flight later told reporters the captain requested assistance from the flight’s cabin crew before he made the final announcement. One passenger continued by saying that 10 minutes later the captain informed passengers over the loudspeaker system the flight crew were aborting the flight.
Explaining the reason behind the action, the captain said passengers may have noticed a bad smell wafting through the cabin. The captain said liquid excrement had blocked one of the toilets and cabin crew could not resolve the problem.
The captain finished off by saying that the poo posed a health risk for passengers. Flight BA105 originally departed from Heathrow at 20:15 on Thursday evening. After landing back at the airport, passengers were provided with hotel accommodation by British Airways.
Passengers on the flight were rescheduled for a 13:00 flight to Dubai on Friday. Abhishek Sachdev, a councillor for Hertsmere District, tweeted it was insanity that smelly excrement had delayed passengers’ arrival time in Dubai by more than 15 hours.
Commenting on the flight cancellation, a spokesperson for British Airways apologised for the inconvenience passengers had endured. The representative added that all passengers had been provided with comfortable accommodation and had left on a flight the next afternoon.