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Two people hospitalised after fifty passengers fall ill on Virgin flight into Gatwick

The passengers were quarantined when the flight landed at Gatwick this morning (6th March).

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Two people have been taken to hospital after a large number of people became ill on a flight from Barbados into Gatwick.

Flight VS610 reported that passengers were suffering from coughing and nausea.

Masked officers met the arriving passengers when the flight landed at 5:20am. Medical checks were done on passengers at the scene to assess the situation.

A Gatwick spokesperson said:

“A small number of passengers and crew on board a Virgin Atlantic flight which landed from Bridgetown, Barbados this morning reported feeling unwell. In keeping with health and safety procedures, the relevant authorities were informed and an assessment was taken on board. Passengers have now been able to leave the aircraft and continue their onward journeys.”

A spokesperson for Virgin Atlantic said:

“A number of customers on board a charter flight from Barbados to London Gatwick this morning (March 6th), reported feeling unwell onboard. The safety and wellbeing of our customers and crew is always our absolute priority, and local ambulance services attended the aircraft upon landing to provide medical assistance. We are working closely with London Gatwick Airport and medical teams to offer assistance to customers, and will conduct a full investigation into the circumstances.”

The Virgin flight had 448 passengers onboard of which 50 reported to be unwell. Some were tended to on the aircraft.

Customers were tended to on the aircraft, and have now departed to continue their journeys. There were 448 customers onboard, with approximately 50 reported being unwell.

A spokesperson for South East Coast Ambulance Service (SECAmb) said:

“South East Coast Ambulance Service NHS Trust was called to attend an in-bound flight at Gatwick at shortly before 5am today (6 March) following reports of a number of passengers and crew feeling unwell and nauseous.

“We sent ambulance crews including our Hazardous Area Response Team and a number of other specialist paramedics to the scene. The crews have worked together on scene to assess and treat patients approximately 30 people, most of whom have been able to be discharged from scene with advice. Two patients are being taken to hospital for further checks.

“We are now clearing from the scene.”

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Flights to Europe from Gatwick will be unaffected if a no-deal Brexit happens

It has been a point of much debate across Crawley and naturally within Gatwick itself.

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But today Crawley MP got confirmation that in the case of a no-deal Brexit passengers can relax as there would be no problems with flights in and out of Gatwick to Europe.

Speaking in the House of Commons Henry Smith MP asked:

“Can he (the minister) confirm that there are aviation agreements in place so that planes will be flying to and from Gatwick and other uk airports on March 30th?”

The transport secretary, while brief in response, confirmed that a whole fleet of aviation agreements are in place.

This confirmation will come as a welcome response to both airlines, airports and passengers who have been wondering for quite some time what the situation would be in if a no-deal Brexit occurred.

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