London Gatwick Airport flights ON HOLD as Virgin Atlantic plane makes EMERGENCY landing –

Virgin Atlantic flight VS89, headed for St Lucia, turned around mid-flight near Newquay due to a “technical fault”.

Air traffic into Gatwick was put on hold and emergency services waited for the plane to return.

The aircraft had to dump fuel into the sea around Newquay before making the emergency landing.

The plane is reported to have landed safely at the London airport.

A Virgin Atlantic spokesman said: “Today’s VS89 flight to St Lucia is returning to Gatwick with a minor technical issue.

“The safety and security of our passengers and crew is always our priority and the captain made the decision to return as a precautionary measure only.

“We would like to apologise to passengers for any inconvenience caused, and we’re working hard to ensure that they can continue their journey as soon as possible.”

A spokesperson from Gatwick Airport said: “Gatwick’s runway has reopened and flights are operating as normal after a Virgin Atlantic Airways flight landed safely following a technical fault.”

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