Reason for scary aborted landing at Gatwick Wednesday 22.6.16. Flight ZB263

Linda D'Arcy made this Freedom of Information request to Civil Aviation Authority

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Dear Civil Aviation Authority,

I would appreciate knowledge of why the Monarch flight ZB263 aborted landing at Gatwick when only 8 metres or so above the runway at approx. 13.40 on 22.6.16. The plane suddenly climbed at great speed with dramatically racing engines. From a passenger perspective, there did not appear to be a crosswinds issue.

As this was the day of major security issues at Gatwick with 2 guns being found with a potential passenger in the morning and the live grenade being found in the afternoon, I would like to know if there was a connection. I am also mindful of the safety issues involved.

I do not believe the spiel we were given by the pilot, some 15 mins plus later and think he was probably taking that time to slow his probably racing heart. I do, however, understand the need to use such spiel in order to prevent panic.

Thank you.

Yours faithfully,

Linda D'Arcy

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Dear Ms D'Arcy


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Rihanne Stephen

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