(video) Boeing 747-400 Virgin Atlantic - emergency landing on Gatwick - London
On December 29, 2014, the VS43 flight operated by Virgin Atlantic with the Boeing 747-400 aircraft (G-VROM), on the route London - Las Vegas, did not reach its destination. Shortly after takeoff, the pilots announced a problem with the landing gear, with the right main leg "wing gear" remaining locked in a "less natural" position and unable to descend into the normal position. This is the farthest leg from the right wing area.
The aircraft flew at low altitude over the airport, during which time those in the control tower confirmed the problem. He then flew at an altitude of 2275 meters in a holding pattern regime, near Gatwick - London airport, to burn fuel. Thus, the weight was reduced, and the ground crews 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)