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Virgin Atlantic Flight Turns Back After Realizing Pilot Had Not Completed Training



Virgin Atlantic Flight Turns Back Due To Pilot Not Completing Training

Virgin Atlantic Flight Turns Back Due To Pilot Not Completing Training

A Virgin Atlantic flight headed to New York’s JFK Airport turned back to London after it emerged that a pilot hadn’t completed the airline’s final flying test.

The transatlantic flight packed with passengers was 40 minutes into their journey Monday when a “rostering error” emerged.

This lead to the flight returning to London, so that the co-pilot could be swapped out.


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A Virgin Atlantic spokesperson said in a statement: “The qualified first officer, who was flying alongside an experienced captain, was replaced with a new pilot to ensure full compliance with Virgin Atlantic’s training protocols, which exceed industry standards.”

Passengers on the flight eventually arrived in New York nearly 3 hours later than scheduled. According to the Daily Mail, the passengers were not compensated for the delay.

This is because compensation is only provided if a flight arrives four hours late and the company is responsible.

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