Diver Tom Daley has tweeted about the “scary” emergency landing a plane he was travelling on had to make in Russia.
The Olympian and his partner Dustin Lance Black were travelling on a Virgin Atlantic flight from Shanghai to London.
However, the Airbus A340, which was carrying 301 people, had to put down in the Siberian city of Irkutsk because of a “technical issue”.
Daley, who was returning after competing in the world diving championships in Shanghai, wrote on Twitter: “Scary to emergency land in RUS after recent events, yet no word on what problem is after hour surrounded by fire engines #VirginAtlantic.”
He also posted a photo of the plane’s fuel dump on Instagram.
Dustin Lance Black wrote: “EMERGENCY LANDING into a Russian town. This was our view over Mongolia.”
A Virgin spokeswoman 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.”
There were 286 passengers aboard, including three infants, as well as three flight deck crew and 12 cabin crew.