Packed Virgin flight from New York to Manchester lands safely after medical emergency

Virgin Atlantic Airbus - Steve Parsons/PA Wire
Virgin Atlantic Airbus - Steve Parsons/PA Wire
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A packed flight from New York to Manchester has landed safely after declaring a mid air emergency this morning.

The huge Airbus A330-343 plane declared the emergency just over Wales at around 6.40am and landed at Manchester Airport at around 7.25am.

Virgin Atlantic said the plan requested priority landing as a person on-board was taken ill.

A spokesperson said: "This is a routine request we ask for to ensure customers can get medical attention as soon as possible.

The flight set off from JFK at around 8.30pm last night.