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Published on : Friday, July 22, 2016
The plane was bound for Heraklion on the Greek island of Crete and had left Gatwick at 8.15am. But it had to turn back because of the strange odour.
Passengers were told crew had fallen ill on the 8.15am service to Heraklion, Crete.
The plane landed at Gatwick Airport shortly before 10.30 a.m. One of the passenger told the media that the smell was clearly evident.
A new flight was organised at midday and passengers waiting for a return flight from Heraklion were delayed by almost six hours.
A spokeswoman for West Sussex Fire and Rescue said that, they were called shortly after 10 a.m. at Gatwick Airport for an emergency landing. The plane landed safely and the flight crew told them that the incident was downgraded and left in the hands of the fire service at Gatwick Airport.
A British Airways spokesman told the media nobody was left ill as a result of the smell.
They have apologized to the passengers for the inconvenience caused.