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Virgin Atlantic Plane Forced Down

April 16, 2012 by staff 

Virgin Atlantic Plane Forced Down, London’s Gatwick Airport, the second-busiest airport in the UK, closed its runway Monday Afternoon after an engine fire forced Virgin Flight VS27 to make an emergency landing. The Virgin Atlantic flight left the West Sussex airport at 10:48 local time bound for Orlando, Florida when it was forced to return, landing at 12:30.

“Due to a technical problem on board the aircraft, the captain decided as a precautionary measure to immediately evacuate the aircraft,” Virgin Atlantic Airways said in a statement.

“Our teams at Gatwick are now looking after our passengers and assisting with their immediate requirements,” the airline continued. “Virgin Atlantic is working closely with the authorities to establish the cause of this incident. The safety and welfare of our crew and passengers is Virgin Atlantic’s top priority.”

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