Ryanair Manchester Airport flight in mid-air drama above Stoke-on-Trent

The aircraft made a sudden diversion and looped back over Staffordshire moments after taking off
-Credit: (Image: FlightRadar24)

A Ryanair flight returned back to Manchester Airport just 10 minutes into its journey - after mid-air drama above Stoke-on-Trent. Flight radar data shows the plane over the eastern side of Stoke-on-Trent, before it reached Stafford, turned back, and flew over Stoke-on-Trent for a second time.

The airline has confirmed the flight was diverted due to a 'minor technical issue' with the aircraft yesterday morning, It was inspected by engineers upon back in Manchester.

Passengers on board the troubled flight were later placed on an alternative aircraft to Brussels, which departed shortly after 8am. The original plane has since returned to service.

A Ryanair spokesperson said: "This flight from Manchester to Brussels (10 June) returned to Manchester shortly after take-off due to a minor technical issue with the aircraft. The aircraft was inspected by engineers and has since returned to service, however to minimise disruption to passengers, Ryanair arranged for an alternative aircraft to operate this flight to Brussels which departed Manchester at 8.05am this morning."

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