Travellers at Heathrow Airport are facing hours of delays after a British Airways plane collapsed onto its nose on a runway on Friday morning.

Fire engines, ambulances and police officers are all in attendance at the airport.

A British Airways spokesperson confirmed that the flight was a freight service and was not carrying passengers.

Dramatic footage and photos taken at the scene show the Boeing 787-800 Dreamliner tilted forward with its nose resting on the tarmac.

Witnesses say the aircraft was parked on a remote stand when its front landing gear collapsed.

British Airways has confirmed the plane was about to embark on a cargo flight and no passengers were onboard at the time.

The Boeing 787-800 Dreamliner is seen tilted forward with its nose resting on the tarmac
The Boeing 787-800 Dreamliner is seen tilted forward with its nose resting on the tarmac

A spokesman for the airline said: "A freighter aircraft has been damaged while stationary on stand. As a freighter only aircraft there were no passengers on board.

"Safety is always our highest priority and we are investigating the matter."

No injuries have been reported at this stage.

Thankfully no passengers were onboard the plane at the time
Thankfully no passengers were onboard the plane at the time

It's unknown how much damage was done to the aircraft when it hit the tarmac.

The cargo flight was bound for Frankfurt, according to unconfirmed reports.

The Metropolitan Police, which covers Heathrow Airport, and Essex Fire and Rescue have been contacted for comment on the unfolding incident.

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