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    A Virgin Atlantic flight VS43 heading to Las Vegas from Gatwick encountered technical problems with its landing gear and was sent back where it safely landed

    Virgin Atlantic VS43 Emergency: Plane Circles Gatwick, Technical Issues

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    A Virgin Atlantic flight VS43 heading to Las Vegas from Gatwick encountered technical problems with its landing gear and was sent back.

    A Virgin Atlantic Flight VS43 that was heading to Las Vegas from London, touched down at Gatwick Airport after circling above it for several hours in an attempt to burn off enough fuel, The Telegraph reports.

    The plane was forced to make an emergency landing due to a technical issue with one of its landing gears, the newspaper adds.

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    • 19:04

      Virgin Atlantic admits to a technical problem on the plane

      Virgin Atlantic says that there indeed was a technical problem with Flight VS043 after its right wing landing gear failed to come down, however, the rerouting of the plane was a precautionary measure, Mirror reports.

    • 19:02

      Gatwick Airport may remain closed for a while after the incident

    • 18:50

      Flight VS043 landed

      The Virgin Atlantic plane has successfully landed and come to a stop at Gatwick. The plane was forced to undertake an improvised landing allegedly due to issues with its landing gear.

    • 18:47

      Flight VS043 passengers have been in the air for over three hours

    • 18:44

      Emergency vehicles are on standby at Gatwick airport

      "We can confirm that Virgin Atlantic flight VS043 which departed Gatwick Airport at around 11.45am is returning to Gatwick after the aircraft developed a technical fault," Gatwick Airport spokesperson was cited as saying by the Mirror.

      "In line with standard procedure, emergency services are on standby at the airport purely as a precaution," he said.

    • 18:44

      Virgin Atlantics ready to land in five minutes

    • 18:40

      Sputnik correspondent at Gatwick: Officials are saying the plane is experiencing "operational difficulties"

      The flight VS43 is now readying for its landing at Gatwick, it is being reported.

    • 18:39

      Flight VS43 enountered technical issues and was redirected to Gatwick where it began circling

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