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Virgin Atlantic flight to NY turns back after laser incident

The airline and authorities are working to identify the source of the laser beam.
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A Virgin Atlantic flight heading to New York returned to London Heathrow airport on Sunday after a "laser beam incident", the British airline said.

The company said in a statement that it had returned flight VS025 to London Heathrow airport as a precautionary measure shortly after take-off when one of its pilots was taken ill following the incident.

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It said it was working with authorities to identify the source of the laser beam, which media reports said had been shone into the cockpit from the ground.

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"The safety of our crew and customers is our top priority and we apologize for any inconvenience to those onboard," the airline said.

 
 
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