BA plane delayed at Cyprus after fuel smell in cockpit

Paphos Airport (Photo: Famagusta Gazette)

British Airways technicians in Cyprus are conducting essential engineering work to jetliner, after pilots reported the smell of fuel in the cockpit.

The plane – flying from London Gatwick to Paphos – landed safely in Paphos on Saturday evening after pilots notified airport authorities about the smell.

According to the emergency services, firefighting vehicles rushed to the airfield as a precaution.

During the landing, the fire department rescue and firefighting equipment stood by at a distance, after the pilots sought to avoid panicking passengers.

The issue prevented the flight returning to London, with waiting passengers being ferried to local hotels.

The service is popular with both British expatriates and holidaymakers.

In an announcement on Twitter, British airways said engineers would ‘rectify a fault which developed upon arrival in Paphos.’

Paphos airport, on the west coast, is the island’s second airport and used primarily charter and holiday flights to the island.