British Airways flight to Calgary diverted to Iqaluit after 'technical issue'

British Airways emergency landing in Canada

A British Airways jet between London and Calgary was forced to make an emergency landing in northern Canada after pilots reported smoke in the cockpit.

The plane bound from Heathrow Airport to Calgary International in Alberta, Canada, was nearly six hours into its eight-hour flight when disaster struck.

The Boeing 787 Dreamliner landed in Iqaluit Airport on Baffin Island, Nunavut, and at least one passenger has been treated by medics. But instead, it was diverted to an airport in the remote Canadian city of Iqaluit, where fire crews rushed to the runway.

Pictures from the scene show emergency vehicles surrounding the plane.

The passengers will spend the night in Iqaluit as the airline has scheduled a flight from Iqaluit Airport to Calgary International Airport on Thursday.

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Fire, police and EMS crews respond to a British Airways plane that was diverted to Iqaluit Wednesday. Pilots wore oxygen masks.

A British Airways spokesman said: "Our highly trained flight crew took the precautionary action of diverting the aircraft and the plane landed safely".

They apologized to their customers who have been inconvenienced and delayed.

Iqaluit Airport "primarily serves domestic flights, but over the years there have been a number of emergency landings from global flights, or stopovers for flights that needed to refuel", says CBC News.

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