Some British Airways jets grounded after engine fault in Boeing 777s

SOME British Airways jets have been grounded after a serious safety fault in the engines.

Oil was not circulating in the General Electric motors of the carrier’s Boeing 777s.

The alarming error emerged after a flight to the US declared an emergency over the UK.

Last month’s mid-air scare prompted BA to immediately inspect all of its 777s with GE engines.

An identical problem with an oil pipe was discovered in five jets, making them unsafe to fly.

They have been taken out of service, with engineers working around-the-clock to solve the issue.

Of BA’s 20 777s with General Electric engines, just nine are currently flying.

 A source told The Sun: “If oil is not going where it should in an aircraft engine then there is an extreme hazard.

“It’s a nightmare scenario for any passenger on a long-haul flight.”

 Flight BA113 took off from London Heathrow at 3.38pm on September 14 but declared an emergency less than an hour later at 4.15pm.

 Warning signals lit up the cockpit of the busy jet, sparking the pilots decision to signal for help.

The plane sent a 7700 emergency squawk to traffic controllers. Declaring an emergency means the crew determines they have an "urgency" or "distress" situation and all air facilities in the area are immediately alerted.

The passenger plane was destined for New York’s JFK airport, with an estimated time of 6.33pm but the plane turned back to Heathrow.

The US-bound flight was the first the aircraft, a Boeing 777-236, had taken since June 25.

Officially the plane returned to Heathrow with a "technical issue".

The jet dumped fuel over the Channel, in preparation for landing.

BA apologised to passengers at the time.

The airline told The Sun: “The safety of our customers and crew is always our top priority and we would never operate an aircraft unless it was safe to do so.

"We regularly inspect our aircraft to ensure the highest levels of safety.”

General Electric is taking a hands-on approach to solve the problem.

A spokesperson for the US-based firm told The Sun: “Safety of the fleet is our first priority.

"GE Aviation has worked closely with the airline since the event, and we have not found any other similar issues.”

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