We have just seen Virgin Atlantic Flight VS27, Callsign VIR27X, make a rapid return to Gatwick.

The aircraft had passed south of the Isle of Wight after departing Gatwick for Orlando, Florida when she issued a general emergency 770o squawk.

Virgin Atlantic Flight VS27
G-VSXY Photo by Stephen Morris

The return to Gatwick was very rapid as seen here on Planefinder – http://planefinder.net/flight/VIR27X

Virgin Atlantic Flight VS27
planefinder.net screenshot

The aircraft, G-VSXY, an Airbus A330-300 also flew over us here too…

Virgin Atlantic Flight VS27
Photo by Lee Armstrong in Portsmouth

We’re not yet sure of the reason for the emergency.

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