“easyJet can confirm that the Captain of flight EZY7215 from Liverpool to Naples took the decision to divert to London Gatwick Airport as a precaution due to a technical issue which resulted in smoke in the flight deck.
“The flight diverted to London Gatwick in line with our standard operating procedures. The aircraft landed safely and was met by emergency services as a routine and precautionary measure. Once at its stand all passengers remained calm and disembarked normally.
“The safety of its passengers and crew is easyJet's highest priority and easyJet operates its fleet of aircraft in strict compliance with all manufacturers’ guidelines.
“The passengers will continue their journey to Naples on a replacement aircraft.
“easyJet would like to thank passengers for their patience and apologise for any inconvenience caused. The Airbus A320 had 157 passengers and 6 crew on-board."
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