Last updated: 02:15 PM ET, Mon February 15 2016

Virgin Atlantic Flight Makes Emergency Landing Due to Laser Strike

Impacting Travel | Donald Wood | February 15, 2016

Virgin Atlantic Flight Makes Emergency Landing Due to Laser Strike

On Sunday, a pilot flying for Virgin Atlantic was forced to make an emergency landing after the aircraft was hit by a laser strike and the first officer became sick.

According to Alex Johnson of, Virgin Atlantic Flight 25 was en route from London's Heathrow Airport to New York City’s John F. Kennedy International Airport when it was forced to turn back to London following the cockpit being hit with a laser.

The London Metropolitan Police Department is reporting that no arrests were made in connection with the incident, but they will be conducting a full investigation of the laser strike. The incident took place at around 4:35 p.m. local time Sunday afternoon.

Officials at Heathrow Airport told that the plane returned to the facility due to a medical emergency involving the pilot. While authorities initially reported the emergency landing was simply a precautionary measure, a follow-up announcement stated it was the first officer who reportedly felt unwell.

The Virgin Atlantic aircraft was originally scheduled to land in New York late Sunday night, but the flight was rescheduled for Monday afternoon, according to the airline.


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