The A330-300 following its emergency landing AP Photo/Lorna Willson/PA

Four people aboard a Virgin Atlantic Airbus A330-300 aircraft sustained minor injuries following an emergency landing on Monday April 16th 2011. The flight operating as VS27 with 299 passengers and 13 crews on board had departed London Gatwick airport at 9:48 GMT (5:48 am New York local time) at destination of Orlando but returned for an emergency landing at 11:30 GMT (7:30 am New York local time). According to a Virgin Atlantic web site posting, the pilot’s decision to reverse course and return to Gatwick followed the in-flight discovery of an unspecified ‘technical problem’. The aircraft precautionary evacuation proceeded after the aircraft landed and came to a stop on Gatwick’s single runway with all its emergency chutes deployed. Emergency crews at the airport also reported putting out a small fire inside the aircraft. Traffic at London’s second busiest aircraft did resume 2 hours later at about 1330 GMT (9:30 am New York local time).

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