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Gatwick Airport have issued another statement confirming that their main runway has now reopened, following an aircraft having to make an emergency landing earlier today:
Gatwick Airport have issued a statement confirming that their standby runway is 'now open' and flights are now arriving and departing.
Virgin Atlantic has issued a statement confirming that all passengers and crew have 'safely been disembarked' from flight VS27, which had to make an emergency landing at Gatwick Airport. They are now working closely working with authorities to establish the cause of the incident.
Lorna Willson, 23, who works in a building that overlooks the runway, said she saw the immediate aftermath of the landing.
Virgin Atlantic has said there were "four minor injuries" in the Gatwick emergency landing incident.
Daisy Howarth's flight was on the tarmac bound for Cuba when a tannoy announced that the runway was closed because of an emergency landing. Hear the account she gave to ITV London:
Gatwick airport says that flight departures and arrivals have resumed after a plane made an emergency landing earlier today, the Associated Press reports.
A Gatwick spokeswoman has said the passengers involved in the emergency landing were being looked after in a specially set-up reception area at the airport.
Some incoming flights have been diverted, with some now landing at Stansted Airport in Essex instead.
The spokeswoman did not know how long it would take for the plane to be moved from the runway and normal take-offs and landings to resume.
The Virgin flight that was forced to make an emergency landing at Gatwick airport today was an A330-300. Here are some facts about the aircraft:
- 340 seats - 59 Premium Economy and 255 Economy
- It was the first twin-engined long range aircraft in Virgin's fleet
- Fitted with Rolls Royce Trent 700 engines
- Virgin describe it as "the most efficient aircraft in its class"
- Fitted with touch-screen technology and over 300 hours of entertainment content
Latest ITV News reports
Passengers both praised and criticised a pilot forced to make an emergency landing at Gatwick Airport amid reports of a small fire on board.