A flight from Manchester to the Caribbean declared an emergency and was forced to turn around earlier due to a crack in the plane’s windscreen.
The 11:15am Virgin Atlantic flight from Manchester Airport was just a short time into its eight hour journey to Bridgetown in Barbados when the captain made the decision to return to the UK.
According to online flight trackers it transmitted code 7700 indicating a ‘general emergency’ whist close to the south west coast of the UK.
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The airline says this was done as a ‘precaution’ and was the result of an ‘in-flight issue.’
The Manchester Evening News understands it was due to a crack in the windscreen on the flight deck.
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The flight, VS77, was diverted to London’s Heathrow Airport and at a lower than normal altitude before safely landing around 5:40pm.
A replacement aircraft will now be found, and that is likely to involve passengers staying overnight at Heathrow with the rescheduled flight taking off to Barbados on tomorrow (Tuesday) the M.E.N has been told.
A spokesperson for the airline said: “Our flight, the VS77 from Manchester to Barbados has returned to Heathrow due to an issue inflight.
“The safety and security of our customers and crew is always our priority and the Captain made the decision to return as a precautionary measure only.
“We would like to apologise to customers for the delay and any inconvenience caused, and we’re working hard to ensure that they can continue their journey as soon as possible.”
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