This is the dramatic moment a passenger’s suitcase was blown along the runway by a jet engine at Heathrow Airport narrowly avoiding being sucked up by a 747 in a catastrophic explosion.
Horrified airline staff told MailOnline that the runaway bag was just metres away from being drawn into another aircraft which could have caused a major fire.
The unsecured suitcase was one of hundreds in a huge pile that was moved ‘out of sight’ by staff dealing with chaos caused by a global IT crash that left at least 75,000 passengers stranded as their flights were cancelled.
One crew member with years of experience said it was the first time they had ever seen such an incident and added: ‘BA needs to show that as a company it is operating safely and appropriately – this is an example of how it wasn’t.’
The suitcase is thought to have been blown across the taxiway by an engine draft and zoomed across the tarmac at Heathrow Airport for nearly 600 feet
Horrified airline staff told MailOnline that the runaway bag was just metres away from being drawn into another aircraft
It is thought to have been blown by an engine draft for nearly 600 feet before it was stopped by panicking ground crew.
A BA source said: ‘With the engines running it quite easily could be sucked into the front, potentially during takeoff.
‘That comes at a risk to passengers and staff operating on the airfield. It could cause an engine failure or a fire.’
Speaking to MailOnline, a BA employee said the video of the bag blowing across the runway came at a time which was ‘the ideal opportunity for people to make mistakes’
One crew member with years of experience said it was the first time they had ever seen such an incident
The footage – recorded on Sunday at Heathrow’s Terminal 5 – emerged as the airline was accused of profiting from passengers trapped by the global IT crash over…