Update: Virgin plane prepares to make non-standard landing

A Virgin 747 is seen circling over Sussex, December 29 2014 after it developed a problem with it's landing gear. Initial reports suggest one side of the landing gear is not deployed on the Gatwick to las Vegas flight. See SWNS story SW747 SUS-141229-152923001
A Virgin 747 is seen circling over Sussex, December 29 2014 after it developed a problem with it's landing gear. Initial reports suggest one side of the landing gear is not deployed on the Gatwick to las Vegas flight. See SWNS story SW747 SUS-141229-152923001
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A Virgin plane with a ‘technical fault’ is preparing to make a non-standard landing at Gatwick Airport.

A spokesman for Gatwick Airport said: “Gatwick can confirm that Virgin Atlantic flight VS043 which departed Gatwick Airport at around 11.45am is returning to Gatwick after the aircraft developed a technical fault.

“In line with standard procedure, emergency services are on standby at the airport purely as a precaution.”

Emergency services including ambulances are at the scene. It is believed there is a fault with the landing gear.

The plan has been circling for more than three hours. It took off at 11.45am this morning (December 29).