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Passengers bound for Manchester stranded in Austria overnight after plane was grounded

Holiday passengers bound for Manchester were stranded overnight in Austria when their jet was grounded.

All 250 passengers and crew had to be taken off the Thomson flight, due to fly from Innsbruck, when an electrical fault was discovered on the plane just before take-off on Saturday afternoon.

Engineers could not fix the problem until a new component on the Boeing 757-200 aircraft had been flown out to it on Sunday morning.

Most of the passengers were returning from late season snowsport holidays in Austrian ski resorts.

They spent the night in hotels across Innsbruck before finally being flown to Manchester Airport on Sunday afternoon – almost 24 hours behind schedule.

Passenger Paul Ogden, from Wigan , said: “The captain powered the plane down and then restarted it before engineers looked at the problem.

“He then came out of his cockpit to tell passengers the bad news that it couldn’t be fixed and we would have to be delayed overnight.

“It was a long process but it seemed a well organised operation getting people beds for the night. Passengers were very patient and some even got to do some sightseeing in the morning.

“But a few people couldn’t get to their luggage as it had been put in a separate hold on the aircraft with the ski equipment overnight.”

The M.E.N. has contacted Thomson for comment.

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