Virgin Atlantic Tel Aviv flight turns back after laser attack
VIRGIN Atlantic aborted a flight to Israel after a laser beam was shone at the plane's cockpit from the ground as it departed London Heathrow, reports Bloomberg
17 March 2021 - 19:00
The Boeing 787 wide-body jet bound for Tel Aviv turned around over Paris following the incident on Monday night, the UK carrier said in a statement. Flight VS453 landed back at Heathrow at about 10:45pm. Passengers were offered overnight accommodation before continuing their journeys on Tuesday.
' This was a precautionary step taken by the operating crew,' a Virgin Atlantic spokeswoman said. ' We swiftly notified the police and remain in close contact with them and the Civil Aviation Authority.'
A New York-bound Virgin Atlantic jet carrying about 250 passengers returned to Heathrow in 2016 after crew told air traffic controllers there was a ' medical issue' with one of the pilots following a laser-beam incident on takeoff.
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