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Mystery scare delays Virgin flight to London

May 26, 2017 Headline News No Comments Email Email

A Virgin Atlantic flight about to take off from Dubai for London Heathrow suddenly turned back on the Dubai runway and returned to the gate, where it was evacuated after receiving an unspecified threat.

The Airbus 330 was cleared after a security check and later proceeded to Britain, authorities said.

Nothing suspicious was found aboard the aircraft. As a precaution, security re-screened passengers before the flight departed, Virgin said in a statement, adding that it was “purely as a precautionary measure as the safety of our customers and crew is our number-one priority”.

Dubai International Airport gave no details, though it confirmed the flight underwent additional security checks in “close cooperation with Dubai police and the airline”.

Written by Peter Needham

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