British Airways plane en-route to London from the Bahamas diverts to Canada due to ‘problem with the toilet’

  • Flight 252 had set out of Nassau in the Bahamas en route to Heathrow
  • Airline says it was ‘technical issue’ but online mention of lavatory problem
  • Last year a BA flight returned to London because of a ‘smelly poo’

A British Airways plane bound for Heathrow was forced to make a diversion because of a broken toilet. 

Flight 252 had set out from Nassau in the Bahamas to Heathrow when the pilot took the decision to land at St John’s International Airport in Canada.

The airline described it as a ‘technical issue,’ however some Twitter users appear to have shed more light on what specifically went wrong

The British Airways plane was just over four hours into the journey from the Bahamas to London when a problem with the toilet forced the pilot to divert to Canada

The British Airways plane was just over four hours into the journey from the Bahamas to London when a problem with the toilet forced the pilot to divert to Canada

One news reporter shared on Twitter just what the 'technical fault' was with the aircraft

One news reporter shared on Twitter just what the ‘technical fault’ was with the aircraft

Tom Podolec, who works for Canadian news channel CTV, wrote: ‘Diversion @British_Airways #BA252 Nassau to London diverted to St. John’s due to broken lavatory.’

British Airways has refused to confirm that it was indeed a problem with the lavatory.

A spokesperson told MailOnline: ‘We are very sorry for the delay to our customers’ journeys following a diversion due to a technical issue on board the aircraft. ?

‘?The safety and comfort of our customers is always our priority. Our crew are looking after our customers until they are able to continue on their journey.?’ 

Passengers were taken on an unscheduled stop-off at St John's International in Canada

Passengers were taken on an unscheduled stop-off at St John’s International in Canada

Last year a British Airways flight to Dubai was forced to return to Heathrow Airport after a ‘smelly poo in the toilet’ became unbearable for passengers.

A town councillor from Hertfordshire said the flight to Dubai was forced to return to London due to a foul odour emanating from an overflowing toilet.

Hertsmere councillor Abhishek Sachdev, who represents Potters Bar Parkfield, said the seven-hour flight was aborted due to the smell.

‘The pilot made an announcement requesting senior cabin crew, and we knew something was a bit odd,’ said Sachdev.

About 10 minutes later he said you may have noticed there’s a quite pungent smell coming from one of the toilets.

Sachdev added: ‘He said it was liquid faecal excrement, those are the words he used. He said it’s not a technical fault with the plane, and he was very adamant about that.’ 

A spokesperson for the airline told MailOnline at the time: ‘We’re very sorry for the discomfort to our customers. ?

‘We provided them with hotel accommodation and rescheduled the flight to depart the next day.’


Courtesy: Daily Mail Online


  1. Lynsm85 February 1, 2016 at 6:58 pm

    Scraping the barrel lol

  2. Marvellous February 2, 2016 at 10:23 pm

    I’m sorry DM I’m not impressed with this story at all, have your researchers got nothing better to write about?. Any more of this and I’m defecting to the Red tabloids

  3. pancho v February 3, 2016 at 11:19 pm

    Bet it was those pot noodles from that new easyFoodstore

  4. Tomg February 4, 2016 at 9:10 pm

    When will the Joe public wake up and realise that airlines only have their passengers safety as the number one priority? If they have to divert then so be it, even if it is just to air on the side of caution.

  5. EastFB72 February 5, 2016 at 2:58 pm

    Dont use so much toilet paper next time.

  6. Airscotia February 6, 2016 at 5:03 am

    Most large commercial aircraft have their lavatory vacuum flushing system run from two units. If one system fails for instance half the loos will become inop. It was common on one type of aircraft years ago that when a toilet valve was stuck in the open position suction wouldn’t be supplied to the other loos so the trick was to shove an orange init to stop the flow of air.

  7. linnsioux February 6, 2016 at 6:49 pm

    Hahahahahah! That’s just too funny, I read it last night somewhere else and they said somebody stunk it up xD

  8. Francis February 7, 2016 at 3:35 am

    Good grief. DM has managed to find the correct picture of the aircraft operating this route. Mind you, they’ve redeemed their reputation for complete inaccuracy in the second picture, which shows an Embraer used on local services.

  9. johnE February 7, 2016 at 11:23 am

    Pretty much the same happened to me on the outbound flight (BA253) in September 2009. We made it to Nassau then had to wait for the aft toilets to the pumped out before continuing on to Grand Cayman. The Captain came on the PA and told us if he’d taken off things would have got pretty messy in the back. This is just a symptom of BA’s policy of operating past their sell by date aircraft and reducing maintenance to bare essentials. It’s an accident waiting to happen.

  10. Olderbutnonethewiser February 7, 2016 at 2:46 pm

    Can’t agree with the pilots decision, I believe it falls between two stools!

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