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Flight 'dipped' over the Atlantic

19 July 2012 09:42

The flight diverted back to St John's, Newfoundland

The flight diverted back to St John's, Newfoundland

A passenger plane bound for London "dipped like a ferry" over the Atlantic, forcing the pilot to fly back to North America.

The United Airlines' Boeing 757-200 took off from Washington DC on Sunday evening bound for Heathrow but turned and had to fly two hours west back to St John's in Newfoundland, Canada, where it landed safely.

Passengers were later taken to London after being accommodated on alternative flights by United Airlines but the incident highlights the importance of having travel insurance which covers missing connections caused by delays.

Passenger Lizzie Laming, 22, from Sittingbourne, Kent, said she was woken by the movement of the plane on flight UA130 when it lost height over the mid-Atlantic.

Following the incident she and her travelling companion Ellie Cauldwell, 22, of Bristol, who had been travelling after finishing their degree courses at Exeter University, were put on a flight from St John's to Newark in the US before flying back to London.