National Transportation Safety Board
Office of Public Affairs
Washington, DC - The National Transportation Safety Board has dispatched a team of investigators to assist the government of the United Kingdom in its investigation of today's accident in which a British Airways Boeing 777-236ER landed short of runway 27 Left at Heathrow International Airport in London, England.
The accident occurred at 12:42 p.m. local time. The passengers deplaned via the emergency slides; minor injuries were reported.
NTSB Chairman Mark V. Rosenker has designated investigator Bill English as the U.S. Accredited Representative. An aviation systems technical specialist and a powerplants technical specialist will accompany him. The Federal Aviation Administration and the Boeing Aircraft Company are also sending investigators as part of the team.
The UK Air Accident Investigation Branch (AAIB) is leading the investigation and will release all information on its progress.
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