Virgin Atlantic flight from Dubai to London evacuated over 'bomb threat'

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

A Virgin Atlantic flight from Dubai to London has been evacuated over a security threat, the airline has confirmed.

Passengers on Flight VS401 were forced to deplane at Dubai International Airport Virgin said.

A passenger told the Daily Mail: "We were just moving and then the captain called his flight crew immediately and they all ran up the front.

"Ten minutes later we were told to get off. The captain just came out and said Virgin take the safety of passengers very seriously - following the events in Manchester, Virgin had received a bomb threat so as precaution they have asked everyone to leave the plane."

Virgin subsequently tweeted that there was no credible security threat, but the plane was evacuated as a precaution.

The incident took place just hours after 22 people, including children, were killed in an explosion at Manchester Arena.

A lone terrorist detonated an improvised explosive device in the foyer as a concert by US singer Ariana Grande was finishing, causing chaos at the packed venue.