15 Injured in Emergency Landing of Florida-Bound Plane
About two hours after taking off, a Virgin Atlantic Airways flight headed for Florida was forced to make an emergency landing at Gatwick Airport in London. Bound for Orlando, Florida, the Airbus A330 reported a small fire on board at 12:21 p.m. and immediately took action to make an emergency landing. Passengers and crew members alike were directed to use the plane's emergency slides to make the evacuation once the plane had successfully come to a stop on the London airport's runway.
Of the 299 passengers and 13 crew members on board, a total of 15 sustained injuries during the evacuation process. According to accounts from a passenger on board, one member of the cabin crew panicked during evacuation orders, screaming and pushing people down the chute prematurely. As a result, some passengers have surfaced from the emergency landing bearing broken ankles, cuts, bruises, etc. Two more passengers also suffered injury to the ribs; another two suffered from abdominal or stomach injuries of some sort, and five more suffered spinal or back injuries.
A service spokeswoman from the ambulance crew reported that fifteen individuals were transported to local hospitals, fourteen of which were admitted to two major trauma centers in the area. Aviation accidents often result in catastrophic injuries, as evidenced by the recent Virgin Atlantic Airways flight that left a number of passengers with potentially life-altering injuries.
Passengers of the flight that was headed back to Florida should waste no time in securing their safety and wellbeing, and presumably the best way to so is by obtaining the legal advice of a Tampa personal injury attorney from The Florida Law Group. When you reach out to our firm, we will tirelessly work to help you recover compensation for the wrongful injuries sustained in any type of accident, particularly those that may have caused catastrophic damage.
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