Plane makes emergency landing leaving many stranded

A Virgin Atlantic passenger plane en route to New York had to make an emergency landing at a small Canadian airport leaving British holidaymakers stranded.

A Virgin Atlantic 747 plane lands at Heathrow Airport. Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Archive

More than 250 passengers and crew on board Virgin Atlantic's flight VS25 from Heathrow had to make the unscheduled touch down at Gander Airport in Newfoundland after a technical fault believed to do with refuelling.

The plane will not be used to fly the passengers to John F Kennedy Airport and another aircraft is on its way to transport them, a Virgin Atlantic spokeswoman said.

The area surrounding Gander Airport is small and there were no available hotel rooms for passengers who had no option but to spend the night inside the terminal.

The airline could not confirm what caused the technical fault and engineers are currently performing tests.