Flights diverted and runway closed. That is what occurred after a British Airways (BA) passenger plane flying in from Naples, Italy, made an emergency landing at London’s Gatwick Airport in the UK on July 20, 2018, after suffering a technical malfunction mid-air.

According to the BBC, Gatwick Airport (LGW) closed its main runway after an inbound airliner requested an emergency landing. The British Airways Flight BA2605 from Naples landed shortly after midnight on July 20, 2018, and remained on the runway while inspections of the aircraft – and Airbus A320 – were carried out.

No-one was injured in the emergency event and passengers were able to disembark the plane a short time later. Unfortunately, a handful of incoming flights had to be diverted before the standby runway was opened. The main runway re-opened at 04:58 BST.

According to the Telegraph, a British Airways spokeswoman said: "Our flight landed safely after our pilots requested a priority landing as a precaution after a technical fault,” adding that, "The safety of our customers and crew is always our top priority, and our engineers are currently conducting a thorough check of the aircraft."

Meanwhile, a spokeswoman for Gatwick said: “A British Airways flight that was inbound from Naples to London Gatwick landed with a technical fault, which resulted in the aircraft stopping on the runway whilst an inspection of the aircraft took place.”

“During this time, our runway remained temporarily unavailable while we switched over to our stand-by runway. As a result of the runway being unavailable, a number of aircraft diverted away from Gatwick,” she was quoted as saying by The Guardian.