Flight aban­doned as pas­sen­gers see sparks

The Jewish Chronicle - - NEWS - BY JC RE­PORTER

A PLANELOAD of pas­sen­gers fly­ing to Is­rael from Manch­ester’s Ring­way air­port on Tues­day had a lucky es­cape af­ter sparks were seen com­ing from one of the Thom­son­fly air­craft’s en­gines.

The in­ci­dent hap­pened as the jet was mak­ing its way to the run­way for take-off.

Pas­sen­gers spot­ted the sparks and alerted the crew. The cap­tain de­cided to re­turn the plane to the de­par­ture stand and the air­port called the fire brigade, whose en­gines sur­rounded the plane while pas­sen­gers were dis­em­barked.

A spokesper­son for Thom­son­fly cited “a tech­ni­cal prob­lem”. She said: “We would like to apol­o­gise to our pas­sen­gers trav­el­ling to Tel Aviv from Manch­ester on Tues­day.”

But the apol­ogy was also ex­tended to cus­tomers re­turn­ing to Manch­ester from Tel Aviv. The Manch­ester pas­sen­gers “were given re­fresh­ment vouch­ers and an­other air­craft was de­ployed as quickly as pos­si­ble”, she said.

“The flight then de­parted with­out in­ci­dent to Tel Aviv af­ter a six-hour de­lay.

“Un­for­tu­nately, the re­turn flight from Tel Aviv to Manch­ester that night was af­fected by the cabin crew ex­ceed­ing their legally per­mit­ted op­er­at­ing hours for that pe­riod.

“The flight was resched­uled to depart on Wed­nes­day, and pas­sen­gers were given overnight ac­com­mo­da­tion if they re­quired it. We apol­o­gise for any frus­tra­tion or in­con­ve­nience this has caused.”

Just over a month ago a tech­ni­cal dif­fi­culty and a com­puter prob­lem on a Thom­son­fly plane re­turn­ing to Lu­ton from Tel Aviv caused a 48-hour de­lay for pas­sen­gers. The low-cost air­line launched flights be­tween Bri­tain and Is­rael in Novem­ber 2007.

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