By Celestine Osemeilu, Editor

Passengers were thrown into panic mood as some passengers on board Virgin Atlantic flight started coughing profusely. The situation became abnormal when more one than one passenger were said to be coughing.

The company in a statement said; “A number of customers onboard the VS610, which landed at London Gatwick this morning (March 6th) from Barbados, reported feeling unwell.

“As a precaution the plane was met by the relevant authorities who made the decision to screen everyone onboard, in line with standard health and safety procedures.

“The wellbeing of our customers and crew is always our priority, and we are supporting those affected.

“Customers have now left the aircraft and can continue their journeys as normal.”

Three persons have however been hospitalised as a result of the emergency.

The Mirror reports a Gatwick official Spokesperson as saying; “A small number of passengers and crew on board a Virgin Atlantic flight which landed from Bridgetown, Barbados this morning reported feeling unwell.

“In keeping with health and safety procedures, the relevant authorities were informed and an assessment was taken on board.

“Passengers have now been able to leave the aircraft and continue their onward journeys.”