'Panic and screaming' on Ibiza to Manchester flight delayed for over two hours

By Chris Slater & Fran Way

'Panic' over a smell coming from a plane saw a flight from Ibiza to Manchester delayed this morning.

The Jet2 flight left the airport in the south of the Spanish party island over two hours after it was due to take-off.

Its departure had already been delayed, with passengers left sat on the runway, due to a 'technical fault' which engineers were examining.

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The flight was cleared for take-off around an hour later.

However, the Manchester Evening News has been told that as it was taxiing some passengers towards the back of the plane reported that they smelt a funny smell and could feel heat through the aircraft walls.

This is said to have caused distress with one woman suffering a panic attack and one passenger saying they wanted to get off the plane.

The plane was then taken back to the stand causing further delay.

Its understood the flight, LS170, did eventually take off, with all passengers on board, just over two hours after its scheduled departure time of 11:30am.

It landed in Manchester this afternoon, at around 3.20pm.

Passengers are said to have been alarmed by a smell coming from the plane (Submitted)

One passenger, who didn't want to be named, said: “I was at the front of the plane and we just heard this commotion coming from the back, everyone was standing up and there was shouting and panic.

"It was really scary, we didn’t know what was going on.

"I grabbed my passport and phone and put my shoes back on just in case we had to evacuate.

"One woman told her children to take their seatbelts off, no-one knew what was going on.”

Jet2 has said the commotion was down to a 'nervous' flyer.

In a statement tonight, the airline said: "Flight LS170 was delayed earlier today after some routine checks, as well as the aircraft having to return to stand shortly after push back due to a nervous customer onboard.

"The flight subsequently took off and landed at Manchester Airport as normal."

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