Laser Aimed at Cockpit Forces Tel Aviv-Bound Virgin Flight Back to London

Screenshot from Airport Webcams on Twitter showing the flight heading back to Heathrow Airport, London.

A Virgin Atlantic flight traveling from London to Tel Aviv was forced to land in Heathrow airport, London, on Tuesday, when lasers were aimed at its cockpit.

The airline has contacted the police and the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), as all passengers involved in Monday’s incident were offered free overnight accommodation.

A Virgin Atlantic spokesperson said, “We’d like to thank our customers for their patience and apologize for any inconvenience caused. All customers were offered overnight accommodation and we are working hard to ensure they are able to continue their journeys as soon as possible. As is standard procedure for a laser incident, we swiftly notified the police and remain in close contact with them and the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA).”

According to the website Airport Webcams, the flight turned around over the southwest of Paris.