29 December 2014
Last updated at 15:23
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.
The aircraft circled repeatedly between Gatwick and the south coast of England apparently to burn off fuel.
The plane is a Boeing 747 jumbo jet.
A Virgin spokesman said: “Virgin Atlantic can confirm that flight VS43 on December 29, travelling to McCarran International Airport Las Vegas, returned to Gatwick due to a technical issue with one of the landing gears.
“The aircraft is preparing to implement a non-standard landing procedure at Gatwick airport. A further update will be issued as soon as possible.”