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Virgin Atlantic have issued a new statement on the welfare on the passengers involved in the emergency landing at Gatwick today:
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.
A passenger from the Virgin Airline flight that did an emergency landing at Gatwick Airport said that the crew handled it "very well" and it was "incredibly efficient".
David Davis from the South East Coast Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust has told ITV News that passengers were mostly suffering from trauma, rather than smoke-inhalation, following an emergency landing at Gatwick Airport.
Emily Alner, a passenger on the Virgin Atlantic flight that made an emergency landing at Gatwick Airport, has sent ITV News footage from the runway after the plane was evacuated.
A passenger from the Virgin Atlantic flight that made an emergency landing at Gatwick Airport today has sent images to ITV News of the injuries she sustained.
South East Coast Ambulance Service (SECAmb) treated casualties with a range of injuries at Gatwick Airport after a plane was forced to make an emergency landing. Dr Jane Pateman, SECAmb's Medical Director, said:
Virgin Atlantic Chief Executive Steve Ridgway said the captain's assessment was that he needed to get the aircraft back to Gatwick Airport as quickly as he could, land the aircraft and deploy the emergency chute and get all the passengers off and that is what he did.
Mr Ridgway said several passengers wanted to thank the captain for what he did and the announcements he made.
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Passengers both praised and criticised a pilot forced to make an emergency landing at Gatwick Airport amid reports of a small fire on board.