Injuries after Gatwick landing

All flights in and out of Gatwick were suspended earlier after a plane made an emergency landing following a technical fault. Runways have since reopened but passengers should expect 'knock-on disruptions'. 15 people have been treated in hospital.

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Gatwick Airport: 'Passengers should expect knock-on disruptions'

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:

Following the incident earlier today when a Virgin flight bound for Orlando made an emergency landing, our main runway re-opened at 15.23 and is now fully operational for departing and arriving flights. However, passengers should expect some knock on disruptions as a result of the earlier flight suspensions.

Flights were suspended for around two hours until our standby runway opened at 1400. As a result of the incident, 26 flights were diverted and nine flights were cancelled.

– Gatwick Airport

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Passengers and crew 'safely disembarked' from aircraft

Virgin Atlantic Airbus A330 bound for Orlando on the runway at Gatwick Airport after it made an emergency landing Credit: Lorna Willson/PA Wire

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.

Eyewitness saw 'a lot of emergency services' after landing

Lorna Willson, 23, who works in a building that overlooks the runway, said she saw the immediate aftermath of the landing.

I was just eating my lunch and I noticed the plane - they usually take off quite quickly but this one didn't go anywhere.Then I realised all the chutes were out and there were lots of fire engines and police.I think the passengers had been taken off, but you could see a few stewardesses.There was quite a lot of emergency services there.

– Eyewitness Lorna Willson

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Gatwick: Some flights diverted to Stansted

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.

Facts about the Airbus A340-300 aircraft

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
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