Malfunctioned left Engine
A Thomas Cook flight from Holguin in Cuba to Manchester hand an engine fault before it could take off on Monday 27th November.
The aircraft grounded following a loud bang and fire seen coming from the engine just as the aircraft’s front wheel left the tarmac. A passenger could see flames in the left wing through the window. The pilot applied the brakes immediately and everybody was thrown forward and then back, and the plane skidded for some distance. It was a shock to even the seasoned passengers.
A passenger said Cabin crew also were “visibly shaken”. One crew member was saying to passengers that it was really serious and that all were lucky to still be alive.
The passenger referring to pilot said “As he came back on you could hear that he was verbally shaken to the point where his voice cracked and he sounded like he was going to burst into tears. At that point I realised it was very serious.”
A Thomas Cook Airlines spokesperson said: “The captain of the flight MT2653 aborted take-off on the runway due to a technical fault and returned the aircraft to the stand where customers and crew disembarked, and we are very sorry for the delay and inconvenience caused.” He added, “We arranged transport and hotel accommodation for all customers and a replacement aircraft returned all passengers from Holguin to Manchester on Wednesday.”