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Virgin Atlantic flight reverses due to co-pilot training

A Virgin Atlantic flight to New York was forced to return to London when the co-pilot was found not qualified to fly because he had not completed his final evaluation, the airline said.

The Airbus A330 was on its way to JFK about 40 minutes into its flight Monday when the two pilots became aware of what the airline later described as a “roster error,” the Telegraph reported.

The captain is not a certified trainer and was not qualified to fly with a co-pilot who had not completed Virgin Atlantic’s training protocols, according to the outlet.

Upon returning to Heathrow, the first officer was replaced and the flight continued its journey to the Big Apple, where it landed two hours and 40 minutes late.

The company stressed that both original crew members were fully licensed and qualified to operate the aircraft – with the captain described by sources as “very experienced” with “many thousands of flight hours over 17 years with Virgin Atlantic,” the Telegraph reported.

After returning to London, the flight resumed its route to New York.
After returning to London, the flight resumed its route to New York.
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The flight finally landed two hours and 40 minutes late.
The flight finally landed two hours and 40 minutes late.
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The first officer, who joined the airline in 2017, was reportedly facing a “final assessment flight”.

“Due to a roster error, flight VS3 from London Heathrow to New York-JFK returned to Heathrow shortly after takeoff on Monday, May 2,” an airline representative told the outlet.

“The qualified first officer, who was flying alongside an experienced captain, was replaced with a new pilot to ensure full compliance with Virgin Atlantic’s training protocols, which exceed industry standards,” the spokesperson added.

https://nypost.com/2022/05/05/virgin-atlantic-flight-turns-back-due-to-co-pilots-training/ Virgin Atlantic flight reverses due to co-pilot training

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