The pilot of an EasyJet aeroplane was forced to return to Gatwick Airport yesterday afternoon following a technical malfunction. Flight number EZY8435 had taken off from the West Sussex airport at 14:55 and was en route for the Swiss city of Basel when the captain made the decision to abort.
The aircraft touched down at Gatwick at 15:30 and mechanics and engineers were on hand straight away. The flight had originally departed 30 minutes later than its scheduled time of 14:25. Its planned arrival time in Basel was 17:00.
EasyJet posted updates on its flight status webpage which kept passengers informed about the issue. The first one stated that the flight was returning to Gatwick as it had developed a technical problem. It continued with the claim that engineers hoped to be able to resolve the issue at the boarding gate.
The second update was posted one hour afterwards and said the problem was taking a lot longer to fix than originally thought. It added that passengers on EZY8435 would be provided with an alternate aircraft.
The statement invited passengers to contact EasyJet’s ground staff and claim a voucher for use against the cost of food and beverages in the terminal. The low-cost-carrier apologised for any inconvenience and disrupted travel plans for passengers.
FlightRadar24.com is a website offering live feeds about flight statuses. It released data showing that after Flight EZY8435 took off, it flew towards Europe before circling for a while and then setting a course back to Gatwick.