Emirates flight declared low-fuel emergency over Gatwick due to Storm Erik
An Emirates flight was forced to declare a low-fuel emergency over the UK on Friday morning, as it was prevented from landing at Gatwick International due to Storm Erik.
EK15 from Dubai to Gatwick was meant to land at 11.40am in the morning, but severe winds prompted the pilots to abandon the approach.
Two further attempts to land were made, before a low-fuel emergency was declared.
EK15 was then diverted to Manchester, where it landed safely just after 1pm.
On the same day, the UK’s Met Office issued a danger to life warning, with Storm Erik battering the country with 70mph winds.
“Flight EK015 from Dubai to London Gatwick on 8 February 2019 was diverted to Manchester due to high winds,” Emirates said in a statement. “We have made alternative arrangements for affected passengers to get to their destination.”
“Affected passengers will be accommodated overnight in hotels and passengers traveling to Dubai have been offered rebooking on alternative flights where applicable,” the airline added. “Emirates apologises for any inconvenience. The safety of our passengers and crew is of paramount importance.”