News Plane incidents — 16 April 2017

Photo: G-OOBF From Bristol to Las Palmas developed a serious problem with it’s flaps shortly after departure. The 757’s leading edge flaps and slats were stuck in the takeoff position. After completing a few holds over BRS the pilots made the decision to divert up to Manchester and land on 23L at a staggering

This is the moment a holiday jet from Bristol to Las Palmas was forced to land in Manchester after a “technical issue” during the flight.

Pilots were forced to carry out an emergency landing at Manchester Airport today after the Thomson Airways flight TOM6606 departed from Bristol this afternoon.

The landing came around 4pm on Saturday, just hours after another emergency landing in Manchester when a Thomas Cook Airlines jet aborted a trip to Las Vegas.

Eyewitnesses said the Thomson flight was coming in “way too fast” and was using the entire length of the runway to come to a halt.

The Boeing 757-200 had aborted the flight to sunny Las Palmas, and was met by airport fire engines at the end of the runway.

Officials checked the aircraft, before it was returned to a terminal building safely.

Plane-spotter Jordan Harris, 16, from Mossley, said: “We heard there was a priority landing coming in.

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“We could see it coming in and it was wobbling all over the place.

“It was coming in way too fast. We could see the flaps were up and it was really unstable.

“It touched down and there was a big plume of smoke and you could smell the burning rubber.

“The next thing the fire engines were chasing it down the runway.

“It stopped right at the end and the fire crews checked it over and inspected the aircraft for maybe five or ten minutes. There may have been a problem with the hydraulics.”

A spokeswoman for Manchester Airport confirmed the Thomson Airways jet had landed safely but was unable to give further details.

The jet had been due to depart from Bristol Airport at 12.55pm but was delayed and eventually left at 2.50pm.

It then circled briefly before heading north to Manchester.

A Thomson Airways spokesperson said: “We would like to apologise for the inconvenience caused to customers travelling on flight TOM6606 to Gran Canaria.

“Due to a technical issue and as a precautionary measure, the pilot diverted to the nearest airport.

“Customers are currently receiving assistance at Manchester airport and are due to depart on an alternative flight at 7pm.

“We would like to reassure customers that incidences such as this are rare.”

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