A Virgin Atlantic plane from London to New York was forced to turn around 40 minutes after leaving Heathrow Airport on Monday May 2.

The co-pilot should not have been in the cabin of this Airbus A 330 because he had not completed his training, reports

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Flight VS3 was flying over Ireland when the Captain initiated the manoeuvre.

His co-pilot had not yet completed his "final evaluation flight", which is essential to meet the company's standards.

three hours late

Once the aircraft was back on the tarmac at London airport, passengers had to wait for the company to find a new co-pilot to operate the flight.

They finally landed on American soil three hours late.

Virgin Atlantic said that the two pilots initially present in the cabin were well qualified for their mission according to British aviation regulations.

It is therefore to respect its own standards that the company recalled its aircraft.

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