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Flight makes emergency landing at Gatwick

The plane on the runway at Gatwick Airport earlier Photo: PA

Flights in and out of Gatwick Airport were suspended today after a plane made a full emergency landing amid reports of a small fire on board.

Virgin Atlantic said the Airbus A330 bound for Orlando in Florida was forced to return and make the landing as a precautionary measure due to a "technical problem."

West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service said it was called at 12.21pm to reports of a "small fire on board an aircraft", which had made a full emergency landing.

In a statement, the airline 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 safety and welfare of our crew and passengers is Virgin Atlantic's top priority."

Passengers had to disembark down the emergency slides

A Gatwick spokeswoman said take-offs and landings had resumed at about 2pm after a stoppage of about one hour 45 minutes.

She went on: "There will be some delays for a time."

Virgin Atlantic confirmed all passengers and crew safely disembarked.

A spokeswoman said: "Our teams at Gatwick are now offering full support, looking after our passengers and assisting with their immediate requirements.

"Virgin Atlantic is working closely with the authorities to establish the cause of this incident."