Passengers on flight to Mauritius returned after ‘technical issue’

British Airways Boeing 777 developed ‘issues’ while travelling over Egypt (Picture: Alamy)

After a 7.38pm take-off and hours in the air, Mauritius-bound travellers might have dreamed of waking in paradise.

But sunseekers on a British Airways night flight had hopes of warm weather dashed when they landed… at Gatwick.

The airline blamed a ‘technical issue’ for the decision to fly 2,200 miles back to Britain early yesterday after its Boeing 777 developed problems over Egypt.

The plane – on a trip scheduled to take 12 hours – flew over France, Switzerland, Italy and the Mediterranean before turning at midnight and landing at 4.45am.

While the flight was rescheduled to depart last night, the cancellation also left hundreds of returning passengers stranded for an extra day on the Indian Ocean island.

The flight path of the BA plane that went back to the UK (Picture: Supplied)

In an email about the delay, British Airways apologised for the inconvenience and said they could claim ‘reasonable costs for hotel accommodation, local transportation and any essential items you may require overnight’.

Passengers are also entitled to claim £520 each under European air passenger compensation regulations.

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