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Virgin Atlantic plane to make emergency landing at Gatwick with landing-gear problem

  • A Virgin Atlantic Boeing passenger jet performs an emergency landing at Gatwick Airport after developing a landing gear fault, London, Monday, Dec. 29 2014. The airline says the plane undertook "a non-standard landing procedure" because of "a technical issue with one of the landing gears." (AP Photo/PA, Gareth Fuller) UNITED KINGDOM OUT, NO SALES, NO ARCHIVE

    A Virgin Atlantic Boeing passenger jet performs an emergency landing at Gatwick Airport after developing a landing gear fault, London, Monday, Dec. 29 2014. The airline says the plane undertook "a non-standard landing procedure" because of "a technical issue with one of the landing gears." (AP Photo/PA, Gareth Fuller) UNITED KINGDOM OUT, NO SALES, NO ARCHIVE  (The Associated Press)

  • Emergency services gather around a Virgin Atlantic Boeing passenger jet after it performed an emergency landing at Gatwick Airport following a landing gear fault, London, Monday, Dec. 29, 2014. The airline says the plane undertook "a non-standard landing procedure" because of "a technical issue with one of the landing gears." (AP Photo/PA, Gareth Fuller) UNITED KINGDOM OUT, NO SALES, NO ARCHIVE

    Emergency services gather around a Virgin Atlantic Boeing passenger jet after it performed an emergency landing at Gatwick Airport following a landing gear fault, London, Monday, Dec. 29, 2014. The airline says the plane undertook "a non-standard landing procedure" because of "a technical issue with one of the landing gears." (AP Photo/PA, Gareth Fuller) UNITED KINGDOM OUT, NO SALES, NO ARCHIVE  (The Associated Press)

A Virgin Atlantic jet bound for Las Vegas is making an emergency landing at Gatwick Airport after developing a problem with its landing gear.

The airline says the Boeing 747 "is preparing to implement a non-standard landing procedure" because of "a technical issue with one of the landing gears."

The airport said the flight, VS43, took off at about 11:45 a.m. Monday. Flight-tracking websites show it circled off the coast of southwest England before turning back to Gatwick, south of London. It was circling near the airport and had yet to land three and a half hours after takeoff.

Emergency services were on standby for the landing — standard procedure when a plane has to land with a technical problem.