Passengers on a British Airways A380 traveling across the Atlantic Ocean encountered an unexpected shower onboard after water began pouring from the ceiling of the lower deck.
British Airways A380 Flooding During Transatlantic Crossing
The incident occurred on BA293 from London (LHR) to Washington DC (IAD) on June 11, 2022 onboard an A380-800 (registration number G-XLEK) about seven hours into the flight.
Pictures and video show water rapidly falling from the upper deck or ceiling which separates the two levels. Water can be seen falling from an area adjacent to an emergency exit door and also rushing down the rear staircase separating the upper and lower level economy class cabins.
British Airways A380 cabin fills with water from the upper deck during a flight between Heathrow to Washington DC. The aircraft continued for a safe landing in Washington. https://t.co/Kx7E0JlCX5 pic.twitter.com/UOv7LOflsC
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Passengers in impacted areas were quickly moved to other parts of the aircraft and the crew tried, in vain, to mop up the mess as the plane approached Washington, DC.
British Airways later identified the problem as faulty valve regulating the potable drinking water tank onboard. It insisted there was never a safety issue at any point.
“There was no safety issue at any point, this was from the clean drinking water supply. The flight continued safely to Washington and landed as normal. A faulty valve was replaced and the issue fixed.”
The plane later returned to London, so the problem must have been resolved.
A British Airways employee told The UK Sun:
“An inflight waterfall is not a regular feature at BA. It looked more like British Waterways than British Airways. The crew gave thanks the leak happened towards the end of the transatlantic crossing.”
“There were a few people saying their Hail Mary’s, but staff were professional throughout.”
I cannot imagine it was comforting to suddenly see water flowing from the ceiling of your aircraft at 30,000 feet, though it appears British Airways handled it as professionally as possible. Whatever the cause, hopefully it will not happen again.
Perhaps it’s a good thing Noah’s Ark was not a British Airways A380!
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