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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
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.

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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
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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