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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."


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."

Holiday airline pilot suspended in drink probe

An airline pilot has been suspended after being arrested at Birmingham Airport on suspicion of being over the legal alcohol limit.

The 51-year-old man, who works for airline Thomson Airways, was detained by West Midlands Police.

The pilot has been suspended after being arrested at Birmingham Airport. Credit: Press Association

The incident took place on Sunday February 10, although details have only just emerged.

The pilot has since been told he will face no further police action, Thomson is carrying out its own investigation into the incident.

A spokeswoman for the airline said: "Thomson Airways is aware that allegations of an aviation offence brought against one of our pilots have been dropped.

"However, we are continuing to conduct an internal investigation into the situation, and the pilot in question has been suspended.

"We are not able to comment further until our investigations are complete."

The pilot, who has not been named, was initially released on bail pending further inquiries after being arrested inside the airport on suspicion of being unfit to perform aviation duties due to drink.