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Virgin Atlantic Aircraft makes emergency landing at Gatwick Airport
Mon 16th Apr 2012 Claims abroad
An Orlando bound Virgin Atlantic flight has been forced to return to Gatwick Airport for an emergency landing after smoke was reported in the cabin. Flights to and from Gatwick Airport were suspended but the main runway had reopened by the evening of Monday 16 April 2012.
The Airbus A330-300 was carrying 13 crew and 299 passengers on flight VS027 when it was forced to return to West Sussex. All passengers and crew are reported to have been safely evacuated and are being offered assistance, with four passengers suffering minor injuries. Given the number of flights handled at Gatwick Airport, this incident inevitably had a knock-on effect on flight arrivals and departures, with all flights suspended for a period.
Passengers already at the airport or whose flights are affected by delays and cancellations may be entitled to fixed compensation and should certainly be offered care and assistance in accordance with EC Regulation 261/2004. For more information on passenger rights click here.For more information on the incident see the BBC News website.
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