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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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Brighton mainline closed this Sunday between Gatwick and Redhill

Rail engineering work will close all lines on the Brighton Mainline between Gatwick and Redhill on Sunday 27 January.

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  • Busses will run between Gatwick and both Redhill and East Grinstead, where trains can be caught to East Croydon, London and beyond
  • Direct trains to London Victoria will run every 30 minutes from the airport but these will divert via Horsham and will take much longer than normal
  • No Gatwick Express service will run on Sunday

The work is being carried out to improve the reliability and resilience of the Brighton mainline.

Rail replacement bus services will run between the airport and both Redhill and East Grinstead where passengers will be able to get trains to East Croydon, London and beyond.

A direct train service to London Victoria will run every 30 minutes from Gatwick, but these divert via Horsham and will take much longer than normal.  These services will also call at Clapham Junction, Horsham and Three Bridges.

No Gatwick Express service will run at all on Sunday 27 January.

All passengers traveling to and from the airport by rail are urged to plan ahead and to leave plenty of additional time to complete their journey. 

Further information can be found on National Rail’s journey planner at nationalrail.co.uk cent 5; \ls

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