Accident: Virgin Atlantic A333 near London on Apr 16th 2012, cargo fire indication
|By Simon Hradecky, created Monday, Apr 16th 2012 13:29Z, last updated Monday, Apr 16th 2012 13:29Z|
A Virgin Atlantic Airbus A330-300, registration G-VSXY performing flight VS-27 from London Gatwick,EN (UK) to Orlando,FL (USA) with 299 passengers and 13 crew, was climbing out of London Gatwick's runway 08R about 75nm westsouthwest of London Gatwick Airport when the crew declared emergency, levelled off at FL220 reporting a cargo fire indication and returned to Gatwick. The aircraft landed safely on Gatwick's runway 08R about 35 minutes after departure, stopped about halfway down the runway and was evacuated, a number of tyres deflated. Responding emergency services found no trace of fire or smoke. A number of passengers received minor injuries in the evacuation.
The airline reported a technical problem prompted the captain to return to Gatwick and to evacuate the aircraft.
The airport was closed for about 2 hours as result of the occurrence until the aircraft was towed off the runway.
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