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Plane forced to land after 'fire'

A plane flying from London to Chicago was forced to make an emergency landing in the Irish Republic after a suspected fire in the cockpit.

A Virgin Atlantic flight en route from Heathrow to O'Hare Airport diverted to Shannon Airport at 1230 GMT.

The plane landed 20 minutes later and all 156 passengers were unharmed.

A spokeswoman for Shannon Airport said: "There was a suspected fire in the cockpit. Everyone is off the plane and arrangements are being made for them."

But Virgin Atlantic denied there was a fire saying the captain had merely made "a precautionary landing" and the plane was being checked on the ground.

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