Virgin Aircraft in Emergency Landing at Gatwick Airport

16 Apr 2012

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The plane returned to the runway at Gatwick after leaving the airport


Flights in and out of Gatwick Airport have been suspended after a plane was forced to make an emergency landing after smoke was reported in the cabin, reports the BBC.

The Virgin VS027 had left the West Sussex airport and was bound for Orlando in the US when it had to return to make the landing on Monday.

Passengers were evacuated by emergency services, an airport spokeswoman said.

A Gatwick Airport spokeswoman said: "It has made a safe emergency landing."

She added: "The emergency services are on the scene and the aircraft is safe and passengers are being disembarked."

A statement from Virgin Atlantic confirmed the flight had returned to the airport and been evacuated.

It said: "Due to a technical problem on board the aircraft, the captain decided as a precautionary measure to immediately evacuate the aircraft.

"Our teams at Gatwick are now looking after our passengers and assisting with their immediate requirements."

The airline said the Airbus A330-300 aircraft had 13 crew and 299 passengers on board.

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