Passengers ‘panic and scream’ on delayed flight from Ibiza with ‘funny smell’

Plane passengers "panicked and screamed" on a delayed flight after noticing a "funny smell".

People on the Jet2 trip from Ibiza to Manchester on Monday morning were left on the runway for hours due to a "technical fault" which engineers were examining.

The flight was eventually cleared to take-off but 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 another passenger saying they wanted to get off the plane, the Manchester Evening News reports.

It is 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 without any issues at around 3.20pm.

One passenger, who did not 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.

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

Jet2 said the commotion was down to a "nervous" flyer.

The firm said in a statement: "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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