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Virgin Atlantic flight diverted to McCarran Airport due to fire indicator

Virgin Atlantic flight diverted to McCarran
Posted at 4:54 PM, Aug 06, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-06 21:56:20-04

A Virgin Atlantic flight was diverted back to McCarran International Airport Saturday afternoon.

An emergency in the air was declared around 4 p.m. Flight 44, heading to London, had a fire indicator in the wheel well.

The flight did a fly-by and no one spotted anything from the ground.

The airplane then circled for awhile to loose fuel because officials did not want to flight to come in heavy. The flight landed safely at McCarran at 4:46 p.m.

The flight had 359 people on board.

Virgin Atlantic released a statement about the incident, saying the flight returned to McCarran Airport "as a precautionary measure after our pilots identified an early warning indicator. Safety is always our top priority and after landing normally, the aircraft was fully inspected and cleared to fly. "

The statement continued by saying the fight had been scheduled to depart at 6:45 p.m.

"We'd like to apologize to our customers for any disruption to their journey and thank them for their patience," the statement concludes.