Passengers on Virgin Atlantic flight from Barbados quarantined after ‘150 people affected by mystery coughing sickness’


A VIRGIN Atlantic flight has been grounded at Gatwick Airport after a number of people onboard reportedly fell sick.

The flight had returned from Barbados when the plane was surrounded by police and medical crew.

Virgin passengers were grounded at the Barbados due to a potential sickness outbreak
Virgin passengers were grounded at the Barbados due to a potential sickness outbreak

Passenger Trevor Wilson posted a picture of the incident with emergency crew outside the plane.

He wrote on Twitter: “Currently been stuck on plane at #gatwick for 90 mins due to sickness on board! Now told we are being taken to a holding centre to be assessed!”

The flight was chartered for cruise passengers on the MSC Preziosa.

He explained passengers with any symptoms were taken to the reception centre, with five members of the cabin crew falling sick.

The symptoms were reportedly similar to the flu, with possible chest infections.

According to LBC, the flight landed at 5:20am this morning, with police boarding “the plane in masks”.

Passenger Phill Brown claimed 150 people out of the 450 people were affected.

A Virgin spokesperson told Sun Online Travel: “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.”




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