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BA crash-landing ignites safety debate

Heathrow Airport computer failure has been tipped as the most likely reason behind BA038's near fatal engine shutdown.

The British Airways BA038 flight that crash-landed at Heathrow last week has raised questions of airline safety standards and fuelled an ongoing debate in the airline industry.

The pilots’ union has suspended plans for a strike ballot as the airline focuses on recovery from the drama, but is more committed than before to launch an appeal over safety standards.

Union concerns have been issued over what is claimed to be a planned loosening of safety standards for a new BA sister airline, with BA branch members voting to hold a strike ballot only hours before the crash.

In a press conference BA chief executive Willie Walsh deferred speculation into the causes of the crash-landing, saying: "It would be inappropriate for me to speculate as to the likely cause of this incident today." He added: "We are very proud of the way our crew safely evacuated all 136 passengers on board with only three minor injuries."

The wreckage of the Boeing 777 plane has now been removed from the southern runway, with normal flight timetables resumed, while at Heathrow Airport computer failure has been tipped as the most likely reason behind BA038’s near fatal engine shutdown.

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