An Emirates A380 aircraft flying from London’s Gatwick and Dubai was diverted shortly after take-off because of a technical problem, the airline confirmed.
Flight EK16 took off from Gatwick at 2:27pm, but was forced to land at Heathrow soon after, according to FlightView, a flight tracking website.
“Emirates flight EK016 from London Gatwick to Dubai on 19 June was diverted to London Heathrow shortly after take-off due to a technical issue,” an Emirates spokesperson told Arabian Business.
“All affected passengers are being accommodated on Emirates flights from London Heathrow to Dubai.
“Emirates apologises for any inconvenience. The safety of our passengers and crew is of paramount importance,” the spokesperson added.
While Emirates did not confirm the nature of the technical issue, a report in the Aviation Herald noted that “multiple ground observers reported they saw the aircraft climb out without the gear being retracted”.
Several videos posted to social media purport to show the aircraft flying with the gear not retracted.