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Cliphead
29th December 2014, 14:49
Virgin Atlantic B747 Gatwick to Las Vegas. Stacking south of the airport and what looks like two attempts to land so far.

Flightradar24.com - Live flight tracker! (http://www.flightradar24.com/VIR43E/526ac78)

mudskipper
29th December 2014, 15:11
Looks similar to the one the other day - burning off fuel before landing.

Cliphead
29th December 2014, 15:14
Looks similar to the one the other day - burning off fuel before landing.

Likely but two passes over the runway is unusual. Circled and then turned back south of the Bristol channel so won't be heading for Las Vegas.

OwlHoot
29th December 2014, 15:31
2014-12-29 15:23 Virgin Atlantic flight reports 'non-standard' landing (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-30625945)



A Virgin Atlantic passenger plane "is preparing to implement a non-standard landing" at Gatwick airport because of "a technical issue with one of the landing gears", the airline has said.

Virgin said flight VS43 travelling from Gatwick to Las Vegas is returning to the West Sussex airport.

A spokesman said: "The aircraft is preparing to implement a non-standard landing procedure at Gatwick airport. A further update will be issued as soon as possible." ...

GlenW
29th December 2014, 15:33
Looks like it is going to try to land again.

BrilloPad
29th December 2014, 15:33
Is Beardy Branson piloting it?

mudskipper
29th December 2014, 15:33
2014-12-29 15:23 Virgin Atlantic flight reports 'non-standard' landing (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-30625945)

Photo of the landing gear

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/B6CDIG3CMAAqLLC.jpg

OwlHoot
29th December 2014, 15:51
Photo of the landing gear ...

Crikey, yes they'll have a job landing with a great big black and white crate stuck to one of the wheels!

Cliphead
29th December 2014, 15:52
Landed safely

mudskipper
29th December 2014, 15:52
Tis apparently landed.

I suspect flightradar24 is like my birdbox - before I had a camera in it, the birds came and went and I didn't pay much attention. Since I've had my camera, exactly the same stuff is happening, but I care a lot more about it!

TykeMerc
29th December 2014, 16:44
Tis apparently landed.

I suspect flightradar24 is like my birdbox - before I had a camera in it, the birds came and went and I didn't pay much attention. Since I've had my camera, exactly the same stuff is happening, but I care a lot more about it!

Fair point.

I don't know how often there are problems of this sort, but I bet they're not that rare, I'm sure that there are a lot of well established procedures to get rid of extra fuel, the airports will have suitable gear or a designated alternative in the event of a risky landing and the aircraft are designed with a measure of safety.

vwdan
29th December 2014, 17:23
Tis apparently landed.

I suspect flightradar24 is like my birdbox - before I had a camera in it, the birds came and went and I didn't pay much attention. Since I've had my camera, exactly the same stuff is happening, but I care a lot more about it!

Here's your problem:

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BolshieBastard
29th December 2014, 18:09
Faulty landing gear apparently. Bounced it down the runway too. Looks like one of the main doors was jammed.

But as they say, if you can walk away from a landing its a good un.