Dreamliner fault at Manchester

Thomson Airways has said a Boeing 787 Dreamliner heading to Florida has been forced to return to Manchester airport after a "technical issue". It comes on the same day a parked Ethiopia Airways Dreamliner caught fire at Heathrow.

Passengers on Manchester flight knew of Heathrow fire

A passenger on a Manchester Dreamliner flight has described to ITV News how they noticed the plane had been turned around on the in-flight displays before the pilot told them they were returning.

The passenger, who preferred not to be identified, told Richard Edgar: "The concern of a lot of passengers was that when the plane had landed we were kept on board the plane for twenty minutes, by this time people had found out that the Dreamliner from Ethiopian Airlines had been on fire."

Read more: Heathrow plane fire inquiry

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Thomson Dreamliner suffers 'technical issue'

Thomson Airways said a Dreamliner flying to Florida returned to Manchester after a "technical issue".

A spokeswoman said: "Thomson Airways can confirm that flight TOM126 travelling from Manchester to Sanford, Florida experienced a technical issue and the aircraft returned to Manchester Airport, as a precautionary measure.

"Passengers have disembarked and our dedicated team of engineers are now inspecting the aircraft.

"The safety of our customers and crew is of paramount importance and we would like to apologise for the delay caused."

Heathrow airport was closed earlier after an Ehtiopian Airlines Dreamliner caught fire.