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Flights halted at Gatwick after emergency landing

April 17, 2012 02:57

LONDON - Fifteen people were injured when a Virgin Atlantic plane made an emergency landing on Monday at London Gatwick, the capital's second-largest airport, the airport said.

Virgin's Airbus A330 aircraft, which was traveling to Orlando in the United States, was forced to turn back soon after its take-off due to a fire in the hold, according to media reports.

Passengers suffered a range of injuries, including suspected fractures and cuts, as they escaped the aircraft using the emergency chutes.

The injured were among 13 crew and 299 passengers on the flight which left Gatwick just before 11 a.m.

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