British Airways flyers trapped for hours after pilot tests positive for Covid

British Airways passengers were trapped onboard a plane at Heathrow Airport for more than five hours after their pilot tested positive for Covid.

The flight which was heading from London to Barbados, was delayed after the pilot received the news while in the cockpit, the Daily Mirror reports.

Onboard the flight was England hockey player, Darcy Bourne, 20, who took to TikTok to share her experiences of the incident.

She had got on the flight at 9am, but almost two hours later, the flight still had not taken off.

The passengers were informed that they could not leave as the pilot had tested positive for the virus.

In the first of her three videos, she said: "Pilot just got a text saying he tested positive so we're all stuck on the plane."

In the video, the pilot can be heard saying: "What we're currently doing is looking for another pilot to take my place and that process is ongoing, but it's not going to happen quickly and at the moment we have got people in the process of trying to find someone."

In the second video, taken in the airport's departure lounge, Darcy says: "Update: they kicked us all off five hours later and gave us all £4 food vouchers."

After five hours of waiting and being told to vacate the plane, the passengers were informed that the result was a false positive and they were permitted to board the flight.

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A full 17 hours after first boarding, the plane landed in Barbados, much to the relief of those onboard.

The 20-year-old celebrated her arrival in Barbados by cheering with her free bottle of rum, which was given to the passengers by BA.

British Airways said in a statement: "We apologised and thanked customers for their patience and understanding while our teams worked hard to replace a pilot at short notice so that they could continue their journey."

They will also be contacting all of the passengers to apologise once again and to provide a gesture of goodwill.

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