In the last hour or so, a TUI UK Boeing 737-800 to Kos, Greece u-turned back to Manchester, amid reports of a technical issue onboard the plane.
TUI Flight to Kos U-Turns to Manchester With Technical Problem…
TUI flight BY2258 is a routine flight between Manchester and Kos, having departed the UK airport at 0706 local time this morning.
The flight was operated by G-TAWD, one of the airline’s Boeing 737-800 aircraft.
As per data from Planespotters.net, G-TAWD is a 11.7 year old airframe at the time of writing, having been delivered under the Thomson Airways name back in February 2012.
TUI has a fleet of 30 737-800s, of which 26 are in active service and four are currently parked.
On three occasions, G-TAWD was sent over to Sunwing Airlines for Winter charter operations in December 2015, December 2017 and December 2021.
The airframe was switched over to the TUI Airways name in October 2017.
BY2258 departed from Runway 05L at Manchester Airport and proceeded east in the direction of Kos.
When it got to the north-east of Norwich, the aircraft turned back around with the intention of returning to the UK airport.
Upon approaching the area, the aircraft entered a holding pattern twice before setting itself back up for an approach on 05L.
BY2258 landed back into Manchester at around 0815 UK time. At this stage, it is unclear what the nature of the technical problem is, but was reported by staff who work at the airport.
The crew did not declare an emergency at any point during this incident. It is unclear when the affected passengers will be heading to Kos.
This is a developing story.
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