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09 February 2020 20:38

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  • Flight U28402 from Friedrichshafen to London Gatwick was forced to divert to Manchester Airport after two missed approaches.

Flight U28402 from Friedrichshafen to London Gatwick was forced to divert to Manchester Airport after two missed approaches.

Sign up to FREE daily email alerts from GlasgowLive - daily Subscribe Thank you for subscribing See our privacy notice Invalid Email A transatlantic flight was diverted to Glasgow from Manchester as Storm Ciara batters the UK. The Virgin Atlantic flight VS78 from Barbados attempted to land at Manchester Airport twice but gale force winds meant the pilot was forced to fly to Scotland. The 391 passengers and one child are now being brought back to Manchester via bus, the airline confirmed to Manchester Evening News. Storm Ciara is causing problems for airlines as strong winds batter the UK. A number of Easyjet and FlyBe flights to destinations including Bristol, Belfast, Paris and London have been cancelled from Glasgow Airport today.

A Virgin Atlantic spokesperson said: "Due to adverse weather conditions at Manchester Airport on Sunday 9th February, VS78 from Barbados was diverted to Glasgow Airport. "Bus transfers to Manchester Airport have been arranged for customers, so that they can complete their journeys. "The safety of our customers and crew is always our top priority and we'd like to apologise for any inconvenience caused. "The latest advice for customers regarding Storm Ciara is available on our website." Flight EZY8402 put out a Squawk 7700 general alert over the north west of Derby. Twitter sources said the flight had diverted to Manchester after failing to land twice in London.

It comes as the nation is battering by gale-force winds of up to 90mph on the ground. Many flights have been forced to abandon landings across the country. Aviation experts say the aircraft, an Airbus A320 which had taken off from Freidrichshaken, had reduced speed. One wrote: "EasyJet flight EZY8402 diverted to Manchester after two missed approaches at Gatwick. The likely cause of the emergency declaration is due to fuel issues!" Another wrote: "EZY8402 looks interesting.

Had a couple of goes into LGW and now heading north." AN EASYJET flight has had to divert after failed landing attempts at Gatwick Airport. Flight U28402 from Friedrichshafen to London Gatwick was forced to divert to Manchester Airport after two missed approaches.>> WEATHER LATEST HERE The Airbus A320 has sent off an emergency signal on approach to Manchester, likely due to low fuel. easyJet #U28402 Friedrichshafen to London Gatwick (Airbus A320 G-EZRZ) just diverted to Manchester after two missed approaches at LGW & a long hold due to #StormCiara. Squawked 7700 General Emergency on approach to MAN, likely due to low fuel. pic.twitter.com/woa3nDLkwG — Airport Webcams (@AirportWebcams) February 9, 2020 It comes as heavy winds from Storm Ciara batter the county. The aircraft was due to land at 12.30pm after taking off from Germany at aboyt 10am.