A BRITISH AIRWAYS plane was forced to declare a major emergency mid-flight and divert to Manchester Airport.

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British Airways flight BA1306 left London Heathrow at 10.39am and was expected to arrive in Aberdeen at around 11.51am today. But the flight was forced to divert to Manchester due to a mid-flight emergency.

The plane has since landed safely.

BA confirmed the incident was due to an unwell member of the cabin crew.

They said the flight landed as a priority landing rather than an emergency due to a medical issue. 

In a statement, they said: “The flight diverted to Manchester as a precaution due to an unwell cabin crew member on board.

British Airways flight diverted to Manchester

British Airways flight diverted to Manchester (Image: Getty)

Manchester Airport Terminal One

Manchester Airport Terminal One (Image: Getty)

“The aircraft landed safely.​

“We are sorry for the inconvenience to our customers.​”

While the incident was unfolding, AIRLIVE tweeted and said: “British Airways #BA1306 is declaring an emergency and diverting to Manchester.”

One person said there were several cars around the aircraft after the plane landed in Manchester.

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Manchester Airport Terminal One

Manchester Airport Terminal One (Image: Getty)

They tweeted: “Now BA1306 has landed Manchester Airport.

“Not sure the nature of emergency.

“You can find several cars are around the aircraft.”

Meanwhile, aircraft tracker, Sierra Alpha, said the incident appeared to be a medical emergency.

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British Airways forced to divert after crew gets sick

British Airways forced to divert after crew gets sick (Image: Getty)

Amid the incident, they tweeted: “Aircraft continues to lose altitude at a rate of knots.

“The fact that this is such a sharp diversion indicates that this is an urgent situation, as the aircrew feel that the aircraft is not safe enough to continue any further.

“British Airways flight BA1306 is now on the ground at Manchester Airport after squawking an emergency around 20mins ago.

“It appears the cause of emergency is a possible medical emergency but will need to confirm.”

British Airways forced to divert after crew gets sick

British Airways forced to divert after crew gets sick (Image: Getty)

Plane enthusiasts reported seeing the aircraft diverting from its route, circling north Manchester and landing at the hub.

It is understood to have been met by a number of vehicles.

BA1306 flight is now expected to arrive in Scotland at 2pm. 

The diversion comes amid unprecedented times for the airline industry as the sector struggles in a climate of strict travel measures.

British Airways forced to divert after crew gets sick

British Airways forced to divert after crew gets sick (Image: Flightradar24)

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, international holidays are banned until at least May 7.

But passengers are still are allowed to fly under “essential travel measures”.

According to Manchester Evening News around 2,000 passengers are currently travelling in and out of Manchester’s only operating terminal.

This is a dramatic decrease compared to the 80,000 passengers passing through the terminals each day last year.