Virgin Atlantic flight diverted due to “technical issue” as passengers heading for Los Angeles land in Canada

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A Virgin Atlantic aircraft flying from Heathrow to Los Angeles had to divert to Canada due to a “technical issue” the airline has confirmed.

A Virgin Atlantic flight was forced to divert from its course after a technical issue with its engine, the airline has confirmed. 

The plane departed from Heathrow Airport in London and was heading for Los Angeles before it landed at Goose Bay Airport in Canada after its left engine had shut down.

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The aircraft was carrying 250 passengers, taking almost 4,000 from their expected destination.  

A spokesperson for the airline said: "We can confirm that the VS141 has landed in Goose Bay Airport in Canada.”

A spokesperson for Virgin Atlantic announced the incident occurred “due to a technical reason”.

The statement reads: "As a precautionary measure, the VS141 from London Heathrow to Los Angeles has diverted to Goose Bay in Canada due to a technical issue.

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"The safety and security of our customers and crew always remains our highest priority and wasn’t compromised at any point."

Customers will be flown to New York and provided with accommodation before they make their onward journey to Los Angeles. 

The spokesperson said: "We will be sending a recovery flight to collect all customers from Goose Bay which will transport them to New York JFK, where customers will be provided with accommodation and our teams will help with their onward journey to Los Angeles. We'd like to sincerely apologize for the delay and any inconvenience caused.”

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