Tom Daley, Dustin Lance Black's plane forced to make emergency landing

Published Monday, Jul 21 2014, 13:25 BST  |  By  |  Add comment
Tom Daley has revealed his fright after his plane was forced to do an emergency landing in Russia after developing a technical fault.

The 20-year-old was returning home to the UK today from a diving competition in Shanghai when his Virgin Atlantic aircraft was diverted.

Tom tweeted: "Scary to emergency land in RUS after recent events, yet no word on what problem is after hour surrounded by fire engines #VirginAtlantic."

Dustin Lance Black shares photos of plane that he and Tom Daley were travelling in when it made an emergency landing in Russia, 21 July 2014

© Instagram / @dlanceblack

Tom's boyfriend Dustin Lance Black shared this photo.

He also shared a picture to Instagram taken from the window of the plane, writing: "Just had to make an emergency landing in Irkutsk, Russia on the way back from Shanghai. Here's the pic of the fuel dump before landing."

Tom was travelling with his boyfriend, screenwriter Dustin Lance Black, who had been over in Shanghai supporting him at the latest Diving World Series event.

Lance, 40, shared a video of the fuel dump via Instagram.

"EMERGENCY LANDING into a Russian town," he told followers. This was our view over Mongolia. #VirginAtlantic #ScaryAsHell."

Lance then shared a collage of pictures including the scene on the ground and Tom staring out the window at the runway once they'd landed.

"Locked in the broken plane. No word on what's happening. #EmergencyLanding in Russia. #FireEngines abound. #NeedToPee!"

A spokesperson for Virgin Atlantic said: "Virgin Atlantic can confirm that the VS251 travelling from Shanghai to London Heathrow has diverted to Irkutsk Airport, Russia, as a precautionary measure due to a technical issue. Safety and security is always our top priority.

"The aircraft is currently on the ground and our customers are being looked after by our cabin crew. Our priority now is to ensure our customers resume their journey as soon as possible.

"The airline would like to thank passengers for their patience and apologise for any inconvenience caused."

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