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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 184552
Last updated: 15 September 2019
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Date:14-FEB-2016
Time:9:20pm UTC
Type:Silhouette image of generic A346 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Airbus A340-642
Owner/operator:Virgin Atlantic
Registration: G-VWKD
C/n / msn: 706
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 267
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: None
Location:off the Irish Coast -   Ireland
Phase: En route
Nature:International Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:London Heathrow Airport (LHR/EGLL)
Destination airport:John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK/KJFK), NY
Narrative:
Virgin Atlantic flight VS25 was an International passenger flight from LHR to JFK, when a laser was pointed at the aircraft. The copilot felt unwell and the jet diverted back to London Heathrow. No Injuries to the 252 passengers and 15 crew.

Sources:

https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2016/02/laser-strike-forces-virgin-atlantic-flight-to-turn-back-to-london/
https://www.ibtimes.co.uk/pilots-compare-lasers-knives-after-grounded-virgin-atlantic-flight-1544000
http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-35575861
https://www.flightradar24.com/data/flights/vs25/#8d1a228


Images:

Photo of G-VWKD courtesy AirHistory.net


London - Heathrow (EGLL / LHR)
26 September 2015; (c) Mick Bajcar


This photo was taken on flightradar.

Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
17-Feb-2016 08:31 AF5541 Added
21-Apr-2016 18:38 AF5541 Updated [Cn, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Embed code]

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