Emergency Landing at Gatwick

Flights in and out of Gatwick were suspended today after an aircraft was forced to make a full emergency landing due to a "technical issue."

The Virgin A320 had left Gatwick bound for Orlando when it had to return to make the landing.

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Passenger describes 'panic' on Virgin Atlantic plane

Emily Alner was a passenger on the plane which had to make an emergency landing at Gatwick Airport Credit: ITV News

Passenger Emily Alner has described the Airbus A330-300 's emergency landing as a "very sharp stop".

She says the pilot appeared "panicked" when the evacuation order was given and says the injuries she sustained (see pictures) were because the evacuation slide was nearly vertical to the ground.

See the video on the ITV National site.

Fifteen hospitalised after landing

South East Coast Ambulance Service NHS Trust has confirmed that fifteen people were taken to hospital after a plane made an emergency landing at Gatwick airport today.

Fourteen of the patients were taken to two major trauma centres - St George's Hospital and Royal Sussex County Hospital - suffering from suspected fractures.

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Virgin Atlantic: Emergency landing was 'precautionary measure'

A statement from Virgin Atlantic confirmed that flight VS27 from Gatwick to Orlando 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.

The plane on the tarmac at Gatwick Airport

"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."

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

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