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British Airways flight BA2724  that departed from Gatwick airport at around 10a.m. today, returned to the airport soon after raising a 7700 general alarm.

The plane was due to land in Ibiza at 12.20pm, but after only 40 minutes flying the plane turned around and headed back to Gatwick.

At the moment the causes of this emergency are unknown but apparently the plane was  been surrounded by fire trucks as soon as it hit the ground.

This 7700 emergency follows another recent flight that departed from Ibiza to Glasgow also declared a general emergency shortly before landing at the Scottish airport.

The code 7700, activated by the pilot, means “general emergency”, which covers a wide range of possible situations from a fire, to technical problems, to a passenger health emergency.