London's Gatwick Airport Suspends All Flights After Smoke Detected on Orlando-Bound Plane
As Steve Doocy just reported, all scheduled flights at London's Gatwick Airport have been suspended. Here is the latest from NewsCore:
LONDON -- All flights at London's Gatwick Airport were suspended Monday after a plane bound for Orlando was forced to return when smoke was detected inside the cockpit.
Passengers on the Virgin Atlantic Airways flight VS27,
an Airbus A380, were evacuated from the plane via emergency slides, with some suffering from smoke inhalation.
All departures and arrivals at the airport were halted amid the incident, Gatwick confirmed. Operations were not scheduled to restart before 9:00am ET.
It was not clear whether incoming fights were being diverted to other UK airports.
The incident was treated as a full emergency with fire engines dispatched to the plane, which left Gatwick shortly before 6:30am ET and had been expected in Florida at 3:35pm ET.
The incident comes three days after flights at the airport, which is one of the UK's busiest, were disrupted briefly for "safety reasons" after a hot air balloon strayed into its airspace.