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
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.
A Virgin Atlantic aircraft with more than 300 people on board has made an emergency landing at Gatwick.