The pilot who dramatically landed a Virgin Atlantic jet at Gatwick Airport, after a landing-gear failure forced it to turn back, has said he was just doing his job.
In a statement issued as passengers from the flight finally landed safely in Las Vegas, David Williams said any of the airline's pilots would have done the same, and that he was proud of his colleagues.
Mr Williams said: "Clearly this was an out of the ordinary landing, but I was just doing my job and any one of our pilots would have taken the same actions.
"I'm really proud of my colleagues on the ground and in the air and the support they gave me during this event - everyone worked really hard in a difficult situation and we are delighted that our customers were able to travel to Las Vegas the next day for their New Year's Eve celebrations."
Virgin Atlantic said Mr Williams had been trying to stay out of the media spotlight over the last 24 hours, and the pilot added he was "keen to spend some private time with my family over the new year".
A specially scheduled flight meant intrepid passengers took to the skies again after Monday's flight suffered a major landing-gear fault which forced it to return to Gatwick.
Virgin Atlantic confirmed the flight took off at 11:15am on Tuesday, and landed safely at McCarran International Airport Las Vegas at 20:59. A spokeswoman for Virgin Atlantic said: "The majority of people did choose to fly - about 95% did.
"Some didn't for various reasons, but I think the majority did choose to fly. About 13 of the passengers went on holiday as crew companions and obviously that original crew weren't travelling any more."
The spokeswoman said it was standard procedure for a new crew to operate a flight if there is an incident or delay on board.
She added: "We'd like to thanks our customers for their support as we understand that this will have been a very upsetting situation for them. We're delighted that they have landed in Las Vegas in time for New Year's Eve."
Passengers applauded with relief after their stricken Virgin Atlantic jumbo jet landed safely at the West Sussex airport on Monday, and praised the aircraft's pilot.
The Chief Executive of Virgin has paid tribute to the staff who handled the plane's issues this afternoon and reassures passengers they will be heading to LAs Vegas on a specially scheduled flight tomorrow.
This footage captured the moment the VS43 plane landed safely at Gatwick this afternoon.
No flights will be going in or out of Gatwick Airport until at least 6pm after the emergency landing of a Virgin Atlantic jumbo jet.
A passenger on board Virgin Atlantic flight VS43 has praised the pilot and crew for bringing the plane down at Gatwick safely despite a faulty landing gear.
Speaking on Sky News, Mike Kaufman said: "This was one of the greatest emergency landings in history. It was very smooth."
He praised the pilots and the cabin crew, saying the landing had been "textbook".
Video footage has captured the worrying moments before the Virgin Atlantic flight VS43 landed at Gatwick Airport after suffering landing gear issues.
The plane was circling homes in Sussex as it flew low to the ground- this video was taken from a garden in Rottingdean in East Sussex.
Video footage has captured the moment Virgin Atlantic flight VS43 made a safe "non-standard" landing at Gatwick Airport after suffering landing gear issues.
After more than an hour of circling overhead Gatwick airport, the VS43 has safely landed on the runway.
The 400 onboard was safely on British ground again after the dramatic few hours with the landing gear failing to work.
A picture posted on Twitter appears to show the underside of the Virgin Atlantic flight currently due to land at Gatwick Airport due to landing gear problems.
Twitter user Fraser Hay, who captured the image, commented that the plane hjas a bisible issue with its right main gear.
Eyewitnesses reported that the jet was flying at a relatively low altitude and that the pilot appeared to be trying to shake the landing gear down.