17th JANUARY 2008

A British Airways Boeing 777 crash-landed at London Heathrow Airport.

The aircraft, on arrival from Beijing, landed just inside the perimeter fence yards from a busy dual carriageway. The aircraft skidded across the grass and tarmac before coming to rest at the end of the southern runway.

The main undercarriage was torn from the aircraft, and the 777 also sustaining damage to its wings and engines.

All 136 passengers and 16 crew evacuated the aircraft quickly, with only 18 passengers being treated for minor injuries such as whiplash.

The crash landing was the first serious accident involving the Boeing 777 since its introduction into service just over a decade ago.

BA commented that they would not be grounding any of the other 777's in their fleet.