Flight EZY8402 put out a Squawk 7700 general alert over the north west of Derby. Twitter sources said the flight had diverted to Manchester after failing to land twice in London. It comes as the nation is battering by gale-force winds of up to 90mph on the ground. Many flights have been forced to abandon landings across the country.
Aviation experts say the aircraft, an Airbus A320 which had taken off from Freidrichshaken, had reduced speed.
One wrote: “EasyJet flight EZY8402 diverted to Manchester after two missed approaches at Gatwick. The likely cause of the emergency declaration is due to fuel issues!”
Another wrote: “EZY8402 looks interesting. Had a couple of goes into LGW and now heading north.”
The aircraft was due to land at 12.30pm after taking off from Germany at aboyt 10am.
Flight radars showed the aircraft had declared an emergency over Derby.
The flight was eventually said to have landed at Manchester Airport at around 3.10pm.
An easyJet spokeswoman told Express.co.uk: “We can confirm that flight EZY8402 from Friedrichshafen to London Gatwick on 9 February diverted to Manchester due to high winds at Gatwick airport.
“As the weather did not improve, coaches were arranged to transport passengers to their final destination.
“The safety and wellbeing of our passengers and crew is always easyJet’s highest priority and we apologise for any inconvenience caused.”
The airline also insisted the flight landed with above minimum fuel levels onboard – after speculation surrounding its diversion was voiced online.