Virgin Atlantic plane makes emergency landing

2014-12-29 17:53
 (Ted S Warren, AP)

(Ted S Warren, AP)

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London - A Virgin Atlantic flight performed a "non-standard" landing at London's Gatwick airport on Monday after a landing gear problem, with television pictures showing the plane intact and stationary on the runway.

Earlier Virgin Atlantic said: "Flight VS43 ... [has] returned to London Gatwick due to a technical issue with one of the landing gears," Virgin Atlantic said in a statement. "The aircraft is preparing to implement a non-standard landing procedure at Gatwick airport".

Flight tracking site listed the aircraft as a Boeing 747. Data on the site and Virgin's own website showed it had left Gatwick for Las Vegas at 11:28 GMT before turning around shortly after passing the west coast of Britain. The plane was last shown heading back towards Gatwick.

Virgin Atlantic is 51% owned by its founder, British billionaire Richard Branson and 49% owned by US carrier Delta Air Lines.

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