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Orlando bound-flight makes emergency landing in London; 4 hurt

Pilot lands plane for 'technical problem'

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LONDON – Virgin Atlantic says four people suffered minor injuries after a plane headed from Britain to Orlando made an emergency landing at London's Gatwick Airport.

The airline said Monday that all passengers and crew have safely disembarked the flight. It declined to provide further details on the nature of the injuries or cause of the emergency landing beyond saying it was a "technical problem."

Fire officials said there were reports of a small fire on the plane, which took off at 5:48 a.m. EDT and landed safely just under two hours later.

"Due to a technical problem on board the aircraft, the captain decided as a precautionary measure to immediately evacuate the aircraft," it said in a statement, adding that the flight had 299 passengers and 13 crew aboard.

The airline said it had teams at Gatwick to assist affected passengers.

A spokeswoman for the Gatwick Airport says it has reopened after shutting down for more than an hour and a half.