Chaos at Heathrow as FOX and birds ground flights and force planes to abort landings sparking delays for passengers

A FOX caused havoc at Heathrow airport after scampering onto the runway – as a flock of birds also reportedly grounded a plane.

The wildlife unleashed flight chaos at the London airport earlier today.

Flights were stopped from landing after a fox scampered across the 27R runway at the international airport.

Meanwhile, a flight from Dubai had to be had to be escorted by fire appliances after reports of a possible tailstrike or bird strike when landing. 

A spokesperson for Air Traffic control confirmed to MailOnline the craft, a British Airways Airbus A350-1041, landed safely.

Unconfirmed social media reports claimed "several planes" were seen circling after they were forced to abort a landing.

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Others reported seeing blue flashing lights and hearing sirens.

Heathrow Noise, which tweets live updates for Heathrow's runways, wrote: "Good afternoon, due to circumstances beyond our control we will switch our runways at 15:30, landing on the northern runway 27R and taking off from the southern runway 27L."

It's feared the chaos could spark travel delays throughout the rest of the day.

Heathrow Airport has been contacted for comment.

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