Flights into Gatwick are diverted after plane performs emergency landing at London airport – Daily Mail
A British Airways pilot was cheered by passengers after making an emergency landing at Gatwick due to a hydraulic fluid leak in dramatic scenes filmed by an Israeli model on board.
The captain, who hasn’t been named, stood in the cabin after the drama last night and told shaken people on board: ‘I didn’t want to put you through this today’.
The footage was posted online by socialite Hofit Golan, once branded Israel’s answer to Paris Hilton, who said: ‘Our pilot was a hero!’ and also filmed herself leaving the Airbus A320 and passing the four fire engines waiting on the runway.
The BA plane from Naples to Gatwick landed at 12.34am and was surrounded by fire engines on the tarmac, forcing the closure of the runway and the diversion of eight other flights.
Passengers were visibly shaken and in tears – but they clapped and cheered as the captain stood up and thanked them for staying calm.
Speaking on the Tannoy he said: ‘I didn’t want to put you through this but once again I thank you for all your patience and understanding. We are now safely here’, adding: ‘Safe onward journey and thank you for flying British Airways’.
This is the pilot who landed the BA flight that got into trouble after a hydraulic fluid leak last night, in an incident that left passengers in tears
Passengers clapped and cheered him as he thanked them for their patience and staying calm
Israeli model Gofit Goln was on board the flight and captured the moment they landed and when the pilot spoke
Hundreds of passengers were left stranded at the wrong airport this morning after eight flights into Gatwick were diverted when a plane performed an emergency landing due to a hydraulic fluid leak.
Four flights were sent to Birmingham, two to Stansted and two to Luton after the The British Airways flight from Naples was forced to perform the emergency manoeuvre.
The aircraft, which was carrying multiple groups of school pupils, required towing from the runway and the landing resulted in a spill of hydraulic fluid.
The plane made a rapid descent into Gatwick Airport, according to data collected by Flight Radar.
The runway was closed and a standby runway was opened. Gatwick officials were hopeful of reopening the main runway by 4.30am.
The footage was posted by Israeli model Hofit Golan who also filmed herself exiting the jet and passing the four fire engines waiting on the runway
A British Airways flight from Naples made an emergency landing at Gatwick tonight after experiencing a hydraulic fluid leak in mid-air
Fire crews are seen rushing to inspect Flight BA2605, forcing the closure of the runway
While the runway was temporary closed, a standby runway was open. But eight flights were still diverted to airports around the country
The aircraft, which was carrying multiple groups of school pupils, required towing from the runway and the landing resulted in a spill of hydraulic fluid
Graphic shows fire crews and engineers surrounding the Airbus A320 on the tarmac
A Gatwick spokesperson said: ‘At 12.34am, we closed our main runway due to British Airways flight BA2605 inbound from Naples landing with a technical fault, resulting in the aircraft stopping on the runway whilst an inspection of the aircraft took place.
‘The aircraft required towing from the runway and the landing resulted in a spill of hydraulic fluid.
‘As an immediate result, a small number of aircraft were diverted away from Gatwick.
‘During this time, our runway remained temporarily unavailable whilst we switched to our standby runway.’
Passengers took to Twitter to report that their flights had been diverted to various airports across the country.
Sean Savva, who was flying from Corfu to Gatwick, was on a plane forced to land at Luton. He said: ‘Stranded on an EasyJet plane at London Luton Aiport diverted from Gatwick. No estimated time of arrival?’
Elsewhere, a flight from Dalaman, Turkey, was forced to land at Birmingham Airport.
Sean Savva uploaded this image after his easyJet flight was diverted from Gatwick to Luton
The passengers were plunged into travel chaos this morning on Frantic Friday – when schools break up and millions of families hop on planes for a summer getaway.
Some 2.5 million British holidaymakers will head overseas this weekend with Mediterranean with millions more travelling home from their trips abroad.
Airports in the South East are expecting a busy weekend with over half a million passengers departing from Heathrow, 250,000 from Gatwick, 148,000 from Stansted and 88,000 from Luton.
Elsewhere, there will be 160,000 people flying from Manchester and 67,500 from Birmingham.