Virgin Gatwick Flight drama due to alarms says airline

Posted: April 21, 2012 in Airlines, Aviation & Airports (General News), Gatwick
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A Virgin Atlantic incident earlier this week, in which 15 passengers had to be treated in hospital after an emergency landing evacuation, was due to “a number of alarms being triggered in-flight”, the airline has said.

All Gatwick flights were suspended for around an hour and 40 minutes while the drama involving the plane, carrying 304 passengers, was being played out

All Gatwick flights were suspended for around an hour and 40 minutes while the drama involving the plane, carrying 304 passengers, was being played out

Passengers spoke of people landing on top of each other after the Florida-bound Virgin plane was evacuated at Gatwick having had to turn back to the West Sussex airport on Monday.

Virgin said the crew of the Airbus A330 had taken positive action in line with procedures by returning to Gatwick and evacuating the plane which has now been certified for a return to service.

All Gatwick flights were suspended for around an hour and 40 minutes while the drama involving the plane, carrying 304 passengers, was being played out.

A Virgin Atlantic spokesman said: “We can confirm that the investigation following Monday’s incident on flight VS27 from London Gatwick is now complete. A full technical evaluation and systems assessment has been completed in conjunction with the airworthiness authorities and the manufacturer, and the aircraft has been certified for a return to service.

“The investigation identified that a number of alarms were triggered in-flight, in response to which our flight crew took positive action in line with procedures by returning to Gatwick and completing an evacuation of the aircraft.”….

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(UKPA) April 21st 2012


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