British Airways jet lands safely at London's Heathrow airport after bang heard

LONDON (REUTERS) - A British Airways aircraft landed safely back at London's Heathrow Airport after being forced to return shortly following take-off when residents living below the flight path in southern England reported hearing a loud bang.

"The aircraft landed safely back at Heathrow after a technical problem," British Airways said in a statement.

Media reports said householders living in Kent to the south-east of London had heard a bang as the plane flew overhead.

The reports said the crew had had a problem retracting the undercarriage.

British Airways, owned by International Airlines Group, said that the passengers would soon be on another aircraft and on their way to Dubai.

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