(video) Boeing 747-400 Virgin Atlantic - Gatwick emergency landing - London
On 29 December 2014, Virgin Atlantic-operated VS43 flight with Boeing 747-400 (G-VROM), on the London - Las Vegas route, did not reach its destination. Shortly after takeoff, the pilots announced a problem with the landing gear, the main right wing gear remaining in a "less natural" position and could not descend to its normal position. This is the farthest jamb from the right wing area.
The aircraft flew at low altitude over the airport, during which time the control tower confirmed the problem. He then flew at an altitude of 2275 meters in a holding pattern near Gatwick - London Airport to burn fuel. Thus the weight was reduced, and the emergency crews from the ground were able to prepare for the intervention.
The plane was brought to the ground without unpleasant incidents, with a near-perfect touchdown on the 26L runway. The experience of the crew spoke.
Virgin Atlantic Boeing 747-400 (G-VROM) aircraft had 462 persons (15 crew members and 447 passengers). Passengers were accommodated at the Hilton Hotel and received assistance from Virgin Atlantic staff. Those wishing to continue their journey to Las Vegas were embarked on a special flight provided by the company.
(Photo source: airwaysnews.com / www.dailymail.co.uk)