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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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Whiteboards out at Gatwick as digital screens go down

Passengers huddle around large white boards as staff frantically try to keep them informed.

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Gatwick has had to take to writing flight information on whiteboards as their digital screens went down due to a technical issue.

The issue had occurred with the boards IT provider Vodafone.

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A spokesperson for Gatwick Airport said:

“Due to an ongoing issue with Vodafone, a provider of IT services for Gatwick, flight information is not being displayed correctly on the airports digital screens and is currently being displayed manually in the terminals. 

Gatwick would like to apologise to any passengers affected and expect Vodafone to resolve the issue as soon as possible.”

Gatwick added that this is only affecting a small number of flights in and out.

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Vodafone say the problems are down to a ‘damaged fibre cable’.

A spokesperson for Vodafone said:

“We have identified a damaged fibre cable which is used by Gatwick Airport to display flight information.

“Our engineers are working hard to fix the cable as quickly as possible. This is a top priority for us and we are very sorry for any problems caused by this issue. We are keeping Gatwick Airport constantly informed of progress.”

There are lots of staff are in the terminal working with passengers keeping them informed and lots of tanoy announcements.

But whilst many stories are reporting suggested chaos, passengers in the terminal are saying the situation is not that bad:

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