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Hot toilet pump prompts jet's emergency landing

An airport official says a Virgin Atlantic jet carrying nearly 350 people made an emergency landing after crew members felt heat coming from the plane's floor.

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WILMINGTON, N.C. — An airport official said a Virgin Atlantic jet carrying 321 people made an emergency landing after crew members felt heat coming from the plane's floor.

Airport Director Jon Rosborough told the Star-News of Wilmington that it turned out to be coming from an overheated toilet pump, not a fire. Officials said the passengers and crew members on the Miami-to-London flight were taken to hotels early Friday morning.

The Airbus jet was diverted to Wilmington International Airport late Thursday night after crew members thought the heat may have been coming from the cargo hold. Rosborough says inspectors found no evidence of a fire.

Officials said that no one was injured, and that the plane landed without incident.

Virgin Atlantic planned to fly mechanics to Wilmington Friday to conduct a full inspection of the plane, and the flight is scheduled to complete its trip to London at 6 p.m., airport spokesman Gary Broughton said.

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