British flight lands safely after technical snag

 A Las Vegas-bound passenger plane of British airline Virgin Atlantic has landed safely back at Gatwick Airport following a technical issue with one of the landing gears, the airline said Monday.

IANS| Updated: Dec 30, 2014, 08:33 AM IST

London: A Las Vegas-bound passenger plane of British airline Virgin Atlantic has landed safely back at Gatwick Airport following a technical issue with one of the landing gears, the airline said Monday.

"Virgin Atlantic can confirm that flight VS43 has landed safely back at Gatwick. Our priority now is to look after our passengers and crew," the airline announced on its Twitter account, Xinhua reported.

In an earlier statement, Virgin Atlantic said that the flight travelling to McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas Monday returned to London Gatwick Airport due to a technical issue with one of the landing gears.

The aircraft had prepared for "a non-standard landing procedure" at Gatwick Airport, some 45 km south of London.

The plane "is being reviewed and passengers are disembarking", Gatwick Airport tweeted following the landing of the aircraft.

The airport said that "emergency services are on standby at the airport purely as a precaution" in line with its standard procedure.