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Many of the passengers involved in the Virgin Atlantic emergency yesterday are tonight back in the air. They were on another service which departed Gatwick for Orlando at 1530. Some have decided to take an offer of a refund but others will continue with business trips and holidays.
Statement just released by Sussex Ambulance service: “A total of 15 patients were transferred to hospital, 14 of which went to two major trauma centres, at St George’s Hospital and Royal Sussex County Hospital suffering from suspected fractures.
This just in from Gatwick airport
Following the emergency landing of a Virgin flight bound for Orlando earlier today, our standby runway is now open and flights are departing and arriving.
However, we are operating a reduced service and passengers can expect some knock on disruptions and delays.
We aim to return to normal operations as soon as possible.
Passengers are advised to check with their airline for specific flight information.
Four people suffered minor injuries after a Virgin Atlantic flight made an emergency landing at Gatwick earlier.
Flight VS27 was flying to Orlando when it returned to Gatwick.
Due to a technical problem, the captain decided to immediately evacuate the aircraft.
Flights have now resumed at Gatwick.
Flights resuming at Gatwick after emergency landing by Virgin Atlantic plane earlier today.
Juliette Fletcher reports from our newsroom on the latest from Gatwick, where a Virgin Atlantic aircraft made an emergency landing.
This just in from Virgin Atlantic
Virgin Atlantic confirms that the VS27 flying from Gatwick to Orlando on Monday 16th April has returned to Gatwick
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.
The flight was being operated by an Airbus A330-300 aircraft
Emergency services at the scene after a Virgin Atlantic aircraft made an emergency landing at Gatwick.
Latest ITV News reports
A Virgin Atlantic spokesman has spoken of the dramatic turn of events that led a plane with 300 passengers to make an emergency landing.
Emergency landing after a flight to the USA was forced to return to Gatwick Airport. Three hundred people had to use chutes to disembark.