British Airways A380-800, with registration G-XLEK, was performing flight BA293 from London to Washington D.C. when the water started to pour from the upper deck into the lower deck. However, the aircraft continued for a safe landing in Washington while crew members tried to control the water flow.
The cabin crew rushed to get towels and blankets to soak up the water flowing along the stairs, aisle, and floor. Passengers were quickly moved to dry areas and the crew members kept trying to control the flow while some of them mopped the floors.
As seen in the video shared on the internet, the stairs of the plane leading from the First class cabin up to the Club World seats were also drenched by the water.
Despite all possible efforts from the cabin crew members, the water kept streaming from the water tank. Hundreds of litres of water streamed around the plane towards the end of the flight.
An airline spokesperson said that a faulty valve on the internal clean water supply tank led to this incident and the faulty valve was fixed by engineers on arrival in the US. BA also said that a diversion was not necessary as safety was not compromised.
“While there was no safety issue at any point, the area was quickly isolated and the flight continued as planned.”British Airways spokesperson
A British Airways employee told The Sun that the flight was not a flight for “nervous flyers.” The BA employee also said,
“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.”
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