Monday, February 13, 2012

Passenger plane makes emergency landing at London Gatwick after cabin pressure warning light is activated

A Thomson Airways plane has been forced to make an emergency landing at London Gatwick after a cabin pressure warning light was activated.

The passenger aircraft with 188 people onboard was heading to the popular resort of Sharm el Sheik in Egypt when the warning light suddenly came on moments after taking off from Cardiff International Airport.

The TOM532 flight immediately dropped altitude to 10,000ft and circled Dover before heading to Gatwick to land.

It's believed a technical fault may have caused the light to come on.

A spokesman for Thomson Airways said that there was no loss of cabin pressure and oxygen masks were not needed.

He added: "Flight TOM532 was diverted to Gatwick Airport as a precautionary measure after a faulty cabin pressure light came on during the flight.

"The plane landed safely at 10.20am at Gatwick and all passengers were placed on another plane to continue their journey to Egypt."

In April last year a Thomson Airways Boeing 757-200, which was on its way from Bristol to Sharm el-Sheikh, was forced to make an emergency landing in Athens following a bomb threat.

Fighter jets were scrambled to escort the plane with 213 people on board to Athens International Airport.

On landing, passengers and crew were evacuated before Greek authorities carried out a search of the aircraft. No one was harmed.

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