Hollywood screenwriter Dustin Lance Black and his Olympian boyfriend Tom Daley suffered a terrifying ordeal on Monday (21Jul14) when the plane they were travelling in made an emergency landing in Russia.
The Milk writer and his sports star partner were travelling back to London from a diving championship in Shanghai, China when their jet appeared to run into problems. Black captured a video of fuel being dumped from the plane over Russia shortly before the jet made an emergency landing in Irkutsk, and he posted it to his Facebook.com page with the message, "Emergency landing into a Russian town. This was our view over Mongolia. #VirginAtlantic #ScaryAsHell (sic)."
He later added a picture of the plane sitting on the runway surrounded by fire engines, writing, "Locked in the broken plane. No word on what's happening. #EmergencyLanding in Russia. #FireEngines abound. #NeedToPee! (sic)."
Black's partner Daley also took to social media to voice his fears about the flight, revealing he was left terrified as the incident came just days after a Malaysia Airlines plane was shot down over the Ukraine in a suspected attack by pro-Russian rebels. He writes in a post on Twitter.com, "Scary to emergency land in RUS (Russia) after recent events, yet no word on what problem is after hour surrounded by fire engines #VirginAtlantic."
A spokeswoman from the Virgin Atlantic airline blamed the emergency landing on a technical problem, saying, "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... "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."