Plane with excess fuel flew ‘low for 2 hours’: reports

  • A Vueling flight flew low for two hours due to a fuel problem, The Independent reported.
  • Twitter users said the plane was carrying too much fuel and had to burn it.
  • It returned to London Gatwick Airport after filming for two hours, according to flight data.

Passengers had to spend two hours on a low-flying plane after the plane took off with too much fuel, The Independent reported.

The Vueling flight took off from Gatwick Airport in London on Sunday evening and was due to head for Rome. Instead, he was redirected to the UK airport, according to data from flight tracking site Flightradar24.

The plane flew over the south coast of England for an hour and 51 minutes, according to Flightradar24. As the plane circled, its altitude varied from 5,900 to 8,000 feet, according to data from Flightradar24.

After almost two hours, the plane landed at Gatwick Airport around 11:30 p.m., according to Flightradar24.

Screenshot of a Vueling flight circling the UK coast after taking off from London Gatwick Airport.

A screenshot of the Vueling flight circling the UK coast after taking off from Gatwick Airport in London.


Some apparent passengers tweeted about the incident.

“After 5 minutes after takeoff, the pilot discovered that there was too much fuel in the plane”, Francesco Ricci tweeted. “Now they are back at Gatwick and removing unnecessary fuel.”

Another person tweeted at Vueling, asking the Spanish airline if passengers on the flight could access the toilets with the low-flying aircraft.

A Twitter account called Flight Emergency, which has over 82,700 followers, tweeted on the Vueling flight, saying the plane “burned fuel just off the south coast for over an hour” and returned to the airport “because it had too much fuel on board”.

Vueling did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment on the flight disruption and reports of excess fuel. Its owner, International Airlines Group, forwarded our request to Vueling.

Flightradar24 data showed the plane departed on another flight from London the following day and landed in Barcelona, ​​Spain, on time.

Jet fuel issues add to the list of problems passengers face during a chaotic travel season. A Delta Air Lines plane had to turn back over the Atlantic Ocean last week due to a fuel imbalance, the airline confirmed to Insider. A passenger on the flight told Insider he was terrified and thought he was going to die.

Additionally, the crew of a Qantas Airways plane recently had to declare an emergency to get a priority landing because the plane had just 40 minutes of fuel left.