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Last Updated: Friday, 30 December 2005, 07:43 GMT
BA plane makes emergency landing
An engine fault has forced a British Airways plane to make an emergency landing at New York's JFK airport.

A BA spokeswoman said an engine "surged" shortly after the Boeing 747 - bound for London Heathrow - took off from the US airport at 2323 (0423 GMT).

The captain shut down the engine and none of the 300 passengers were hurt.

On Boxing Day, a British Airways plane bound for Gatwick was forced to return to northern Greece after suffering an apparent electrical fault.

A BA spokeswoman said of the latest incident: "The plane experienced an overheat, the captain immediately shut down an engine and immediately returned to JFK Airport and landed safely.

"Passengers disembarked normally and those who did not have homes to go to were found hotel accommodation.

"We apologise to our passengers for the disruption to the service, but safety is always our first priority."

They will return on another flight on Friday.

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