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‘Full Investigation Vital’ After Virgin Atlantic Flight’s Emergency Landing At Gatwick Airport

Legal Experts Praise Crew’s Skill In Safe Landing But Question Cause Of Landing Gear Problems


Specialist aviation lawyers have urged air authorities to work quickly to determine the cause of a technical problem which led a Virgin Atlantic flight to Las Vegas to return to Gatwick Airport to make an emergency landing last week, after praising the skill of the pilots involved in the incident.

Gatwick Airport told the Press Association that “some minor injuries” were reported following the incident last Monday (December 29th), when the Boeing 747 carrying 447 passengers and 15 crew experienced the issue.

Flight VS43 was forced to dump fuel prior to the landing, in order to ensure it was light enough to land at the airport. The problems led to disruption at the airport, with other flights having to be cancelled or diverted as a result of the problem.

Passengers on the flight praised the crew for their actions, with Virgin president Sir Richard Branson joining them in thanking them for a safe landing.

Irwin Mitchell’s specialist Aviation Law team provide legal advice and support to people who have suffered injuries in air accidents in the UK and abroad, as well as acting for the families of those who have died in such incidents.

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