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Flight to Gatwick turns back after huge crack in windscreen appears

The pilot of the Embraer 195 aircraft was forced to turn around shortly after takeoff yesterday morning.

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An flight heading for Gatwick had to make a swift landing yesterday morning after a huge crack suddenly appeared in the windscreen.

The BE801 7.25am flight from Newquay to London Gatwick had no choice but to turn around and land back at Newquay after a crack appeared across the main window of the cockpit.

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Emergency vehicles at the airport were put on standby and the all 92 passengers had to complete their travel to Gatwick via road transport arranged by Flybe.

A spokesperson from Flybe said:

“Flybe can confirm that the aircraft operating the above flight landed safely at Newquay without incident having returned from airborne following a crack appearing in the outer layer of its windscreen.

“The captain took the necessary action and, as a usual precautionary measure, the airport put its emergency vehicles on standby.

“Road transport is being provided for all 92 passengers to complete their travel to London Gatwick.

“The safety of its passengers and crew is the airline’s number one priority and Flybe apologises for the inconvenience experienced.”

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A massive £30,000 raised by taxi company for local charity

Gatwick’s on-site taxi company raises £30,000 for local charity partner.

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London Gatwick’s on-site taxi company, Gatwick Airport Cars, has raised £30,000 for the airport’s local charity partner St Catherine’s Hospice.

Airport Cars has supported the charity over the past five years and the total amount has been raised through donation boxes in the company’s crew room.

St Catherine’s Hospice is based in Crawley, West Sussex, and provides end-of-life care and support to terminally ill people and their families across Crawley, Horsham, East Surrey and Mid Sussex.

Last month Gatwick announced a new two year partnership with St Catherine’s Hospice, having already helped raise more than £113,000 for the charity since the airport first partnered it two years ago.

Gatwick Airport Cars Director, James Kemp, said:

“Airport Cars is delighted to support St Catherine’s Hospice on an ongoing basis. Our drivers raise money every day for this wonderful cause meaning that we can send a generous amount every month.”

St Catherine’s Hospice Head of Fundraising, Lucy Bowden, said:

“Thank you so much to everyone at Gatwick Airport Cars for your amazing support of St Catherine’s Hospice. You’ve raised a fantastic amount of money and we hope you are very proud of your commitment to your local community. We really look forward to working with you for many more years.”

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