Virgin flight grounded by engine glitch

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A VIRGIN flight was grounded with engine problems at Edinburgh Airport yesterday.

The embarrassing glitch happened on the company’s new “Little Red” service, forcing 171 passengers to disembark.

The service, which offers six daily round trips between Edinburgh and London, launched in April. It was designed to rival British Airways and budget airlines in the company’s first foray into domestic flights.

Speaking at the time of the launch, Sir Richard Branson said it was part of an “incredible journey.” He said: “Little Red represents the next step on that journey as we go head to head with British Airways to provide domestic flights that deliver Virgin Atlantic’s rock and roll spirit as well as real value for money.”

Passengers were taken off the VS3004 flight which had been due to take off at 11.30am, due to arrive in London shortly before 1pm.

A spokeswoman for Virgin Atlantic confirmed there had been “technical issues.” She said a replacement craft had been called in and apologised for the delay. She said: “There were technical issues with the flight. We brought in an alternative aircraft and passengers were transferred on to that.”

The delayed flight took off at 2pm.