On 29 December 2014, Virgin Flight VS43, a Boeing 747, developed a problem with its landing gear shortly after take-off from Gatwick airport which required it to dump fuel and perform an emergency landing back at the airfield with defective landing gear. Fortunately, the aircraft landed safely. The procedure for an emergency landing due to a defective landing gear carries significant risk and requires a high level of skill from the crew to achieve a safe landing - the actions of the crew on this flight must be applauded. This particular case was notable as the problem with the landing gear was noticed shortly after take-off. This meant that the aircraft had a full fuel load for the flight to the US, meaning that it was above its maximum landing weight even for fully operational landing gear. As such, the crew needed to dump a significant amount of fuel not only to reach a normal landing weight, but also to ensure that on landing there was minimum fuel in the tanks. This reduces the aircraft weight which means there is less strain on the landing gear on touch down and also enables the aircraft to touch down at a lower speed, which also reduces the gear strain and associated risks further. The dumping of fuel combined with the correct emergency drills and skilful airmanship resulted in a safe landing. However, this process took a considerable time which would have been very traumatic for passengers. If you would like to speak in confidence to an expert regarding this accident, or any other aviation incident you were involved in, please contact a member of the aviation team on 0800 056 4110. The team will be able to advise you on the accident, the relevant law and the parties who may be liable. Call us for a free initial consultation 0800 056 4110 Or we can call you back at a time of your choice Request a call back Phone lines open 24/7, 365 days a year Contact us today For a free initial consultation Freephone 0800 056 4110 Prefer not to call? Use our form Your name* Your email* Your phone number* How can we help?* Enquiry type Court Of Protection Crime & Investigations Divorce & Family Law Solicitors Employment Law Conveyancing & Property Solicitors Medical Negligence Claims Personal Injury Claims Protecting Your Rights Wills, Trusts & Estates Solicitors This data will only be used by Irwin Mitchell for processing your query and for no other purpose. Your Questions Answered When Can I Make A Claim? How Much Compensation Will I Be Awarded? How Will My Claim Be Progressed? How Much Will It Cost To Claim? How Often Do You Work With Referring Law Firms? Can You Take Over From My Current Lawyers?