British Airways faced a bank holiday backlog of flights on Friday after one of its aircraft was forced to make an emergency landing at Heathrow.

The travel plans of thousands of people departing for the bank holiday weekend and school half-term holidays were disrupted as BA cancelled all short haul flights until 4pm on Friday.

A total of 186 flights were cancelled but only one was reported to have been dropped on Saturday.

Seventy five passengers and five crew were evacuated safely from Flight BA762 to Oslo, Norway, after the Airbus A319 returned to Heathrow on Friday morning with one engine on fire, as previously reported by Travel Weekly.

Both runways at Heathrow were shut for a time after the incident, although they re-opened later.

The Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) could publish an interim report laying out the basic facts quite soon, Sky News reported.

Investigators are expected to look into reports that part of the left-hand engine casing, which was shown to be off after the aircraft landed, detached on take-off.

BA said on Saturday: “Obviously the May Bank Holiday and the start of half-term is one of the busiest weekends of the year. There is a backlog and we are working our way through it.”