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Inaugural flight cancelled after firefighters spray plane with FOAM

Plane covered in foam Credit: MEN Syndication

An inaugural Virgin flight from Manchester to Atlanta was delayed for a day – after fire crews sprayed it with FOAM instead of water during a salute.

The first flight had been due to take off at 10.35am yesterday, with the bigger Airbus A330-300 taking over from Delta’s Boeing 757-200 aircraft, boosting passenger numbers from 164 to 266.

It’s understood the salute often carried out by airport fire engines to celebrate a new flight went awry after fire suppressing foam shot out from one of the vehicles. The blunder put the aircraft temporarily out of action by clogging up the vital and sensitive jet engines and hi-tech turbine blades delaying the flight by a day.

M56 to close for bridge work - football fans warned of diversions

Old bridge being demolished Credit: Highways agency

The M56 will be closed this weekend at Manchester Airport. The motorway will shut in both directions between junctions 5 and 6 for work to install a £5.5m new bridge after the old one was demolished. It will close at 10pm tonight.

The simple message is that the M56 is closed this weekend at Manchester Airport and unless you need to catch or meet a flight then please, please stay clear for everyone's sake.

"Local roads around the airport will be very busy so we appeal to anyone who does not need to travel to the airport or communities in the area to avoid the M56." More

– Highways Agency project manager Mark Mosley

Mark Mosley Project Manager for the Higways Agency says Manchester United supporters are being urged to follow the official diversions for tomorrow's match at Old Trafford, and on Sunday, City fans are being warned to use alternative motorways for their game at Anfield.


Flybe flight from Manchester to Paris declares emergency and lands in paris


Ebola screening to be extended to Manchester airports

Ebola screening is to be extended to Manchester Airport Credit: PA

Ebola screening for travellers arriving in Britain from affected areas in West Africa is to be extended to Manchester and Birmingham airports, the head of Public Health England has said.

In his weekly message to staff, Duncan Selbie said that once the existing measures covering Heathrow, Gatwick and the Eurostar terminal at St Pancras had "settled", they would be rolled out to other ports of entry.

Next week the focus will be on Gatwick and St Pancras and, once settled there, we will then move to include Manchester and Birmingham," he said.

I appreciate very much that we are taking people away from their normal work, and please be assured that we are thinking hard and listening carefully to those on the ground to see how we can make this more sustainable.

What I am certain of is that we have the people who know how to keep the country safe and that is exactly what we will do.

– Duncan Selbie, head of Public Health England.

Plane returns to Manchester Airport after captain reported a technical fault

A passenger jet carrying 278 people was returned to Manchester Airport shortly after departure today when the captain reported a technical fault.

The flight to Dalaman in Turkey, operated by a Thomas Cook Airlines, was turned around shortly after its departure from Manchester at 7.15am.

During the early part of the flight, when the aircraft was still in UK airspace, a technical fault was reported and as a precaution the flight returned to the airport.

The plane is now being examined by engineers and passengers will be placed on an alternative aircraft.

We can confirm that flight TCX2534 from Manchester to Dalaman landed normally after a priority landing was requested by the Captain - the aircraft returned to Manchester and our engineers are now inspecting the aircraft.

"We’d like to thank our customers for their patience during the delay to the start of their holiday.”

– Thomas Cook Airlines

A dash down the runway for charity

Vernon Kay, Gary Lineker and Gok Wan will be joining 200 runners on Sunday 21st September for a charity runway run at Manchester Airport. The 4k run is in aid of two special children’s charities Flying Start and a medical centre in the african country of Uganda.
Runners and walkers will wear red outfits to complete the course around the edge of the runway.

Bolton's Vernon Kay will join around 200 runners and walkers Credit: PA
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