Gatwick plane drama caused by false alerts

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A plane made an emergency landing at Gatwick and seriously injured two people because of “spurious warnings”, a report said.

An Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) report into an incident involving a Virgin Atlantic Airbus A330 on April 16, 2012, was released yesterday.

It revealed 15 smoke warnings were issued during the flight, prompting the jet, bound for Orlando, Florida, to return to Gatwick 29 minutes after take-off.


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However, the AAIB report said there was no evidence of fire, smoke or heat damage. The report said these warnings were “spurious”.

On returning to Gatwick, 304 passengers exited the craft via the emergency chutes. Two people, an adult and child, suffered injures which the report said were “serious”.

It said: “One adult and one child passenger received bone fractures during the evacuation.”

Describing the evacuation of people from the plane, the report said: “Many passengers were seen to land awkwardly at the bottom of the slide and one lady was observed to fall on to the tarmac.

“One man was injured at the bottom of a slide and was being attended by paramedics, which slowed the evacuation until he could be moved.”

Seven safety recommendations were made following the incident.

One stated: “It is recommended that the European Aviation Safety Agency amend ‘Passenger briefing’, to ensure briefings emphasise the importance of leaving hand baggage behind in an evacuation.”

In a statement, Virgin Atlantic said: “The safety of our passengers and crew is Virgin Atlantic’s top priority.

“We co-operated fully with the AAIB throughout the investigation and whilst the report makes no formal recommendations to the airline, we took many actions immediately after the event in order to identify any areas where we could enhance our procedures.

“Virgin Atlantic carries out all training to strict guidelines set by our regulators and we are very proud of the actions our crew took on the day.”

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12:40pm Fri 14 Feb 14

getThisCoalitionOut says...

This has taken nearly TWO YEARS to be reported - why? That is disgraceful.

Virgin Airlines are a disgrace.
This has taken nearly TWO YEARS to be reported - why? That is disgraceful. Virgin Airlines are a disgrace. getThisCoalitionOut

1:39pm Fri 14 Feb 14

Ohnotagain ! says...

getThisCoalitionOut wrote:
This has taken nearly TWO YEARS to be reported - why? That is disgraceful. Virgin Airlines are a disgrace.
Nothing to do with Virgin for taking 2 years,

YOU are the disgrace for such a comment on something you clearly know nothing about.

And yes I do know what im talking about before you reply..
[quote][p][bold]getThisCoalitionOut[/bold] wrote: This has taken nearly TWO YEARS to be reported - why? That is disgraceful. Virgin Airlines are a disgrace.[/p][/quote]Nothing to do with Virgin for taking 2 years, YOU are the disgrace for such a comment on something you clearly know nothing about. And yes I do know what im talking about before you reply.. Ohnotagain !

2:15pm Fri 14 Feb 14

paul76 says...

getThisCoalitionOut wrote:
This has taken nearly TWO YEARS to be reported - why? That is disgraceful. Virgin Airlines are a disgrace.
Read the article idiot:

An Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) report into an incident involving a Virgin Atlantic Airbus A330 on April 16, 2012, was released yesterday.

Taking into account today is Friday 14 February 2014, I would suggest the report was released on Thursday 13 February 2014 by the AAIB.

Try not to post nonsense until you have at least read and re read the article first, so that you are clear what you are commenting on. If there is anything you do not understand, ask an adult to help you.
[quote][p][bold]getThisCoalitionOut[/bold] wrote: This has taken nearly TWO YEARS to be reported - why? That is disgraceful. Virgin Airlines are a disgrace.[/p][/quote]Read the article idiot: An Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) report into an incident involving a Virgin Atlantic Airbus A330 on April 16, 2012, was released yesterday. Taking into account today is Friday 14 February 2014, I would suggest the report was released on Thursday 13 February 2014 by the AAIB. Try not to post nonsense until you have at least read and re read the article first, so that you are clear what you are commenting on. If there is anything you do not understand, ask an adult to help you. paul76

8:04pm Fri 14 Feb 14

angrymonkey says...

yes it happened a while back but takes time to look into the fault that caused it cant just say the first thing they think of. as for airlines virgin are one of the best using Gatwick for service and maintenance.
yes it happened a while back but takes time to look into the fault that caused it cant just say the first thing they think of. as for airlines virgin are one of the best using Gatwick for service and maintenance. angrymonkey

10:55pm Fri 14 Feb 14

spurious warnings says...

I had NOTHING to do with this
I had NOTHING to do with this spurious warnings

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