Passengers’ terror as hero pilot lands a Jet2 holiday plane

Passengers’ terror as hero pilot lands a Jet2 holiday plane at full speed without wing flaps at Manchester Airport

  • When frightened passengers heard the announcement they faints and were sick
  • Six fire engines were at the runway and sprayed water at the wheels afterwards
  • A Jet2 plane made an emergency landing last Thursday due to cabin pressure 

A dramatic announcement that a Jet2’s wing flaps had a problem caused passengers to be sick and faint. 

The aircraft which landed two hours later than scheduled at 3.30am at Manchester Airport even though it was due to land in Leeds Bradford, 58 miles from their original destination.

After the ‘fast and hard’ landing, six fire engines sprayed the wheels with water.  

One mother feared the plane was going to go up in a ball of flames after hearing it.

Penie Craig (left), 49 was travelling back to Leeds Bradford Airport with her husband Michael, 54 (right) and son Jaiden, 14 when the Jet2 had to make an emergency landing at Manchester Airport after the wing flaps stopped working

Penie Craig, 49, was travelling back to Leeds Bradford Airport after a two-week break in Crete with her husband Michael, 54, and son Jaiden, 14.

She sensed something was wrong when the plane failed to land at the estimated time and an announcement followed from the captain who said he was having to circle the plane because of a ‘technical error on the flight deck’.

She said: ‘I hate flying as it is and after another 20 to 25 minutes, the captain came on again and said ‘unfortunately it’s to do with the flaps’.  


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‘When you land, they help to slow you down but they weren’t working. 

‘They tried to think of something else but we were due to land at Leeds Bradford and the runway there wasn’t big enough, meaning we wouldn’t have slowed down quickly enough and we would have gone off the runway.’ 

The budget airline recently had to make an emergency landing after cabin pressure dropped (stock image)

She added: ‘It was just awful and my first thought was, ‘oh my God, the plane was going to set on fire’ but I had to be calm because my son was there.  

‘I’m not a great flyer. I’ve flown loads before but this time it was really stressful and I had to stop myself throwing up. It really has unsettled me and I’m glad I’m not going on holiday again too soon.’ 

The budget airline firm said flight LS444 from Heraklion in Crete to Leeds Bradford had to go into a ‘holding pattern in order to assess a flap indication issue’.  

A spokeswoman for Jet2 said: ‘The decision was taken to divert into Manchester Airport as a precautionary measure due to it having a longer runway to facilitate a smooth landing.

‘The aircraft landed safely and onward transport was arranged for our customers back to Leeds. The safety of our customers is always our number one priority.’

This latest incident with a Jet2 plane comes days after another jet travelling from Faro in Portugal to Leeds Bradford was forced to make an emergency landing in Bordeaux when cabin pressures dropped on August 10.

On Thursday, another Jet2 plane was met with fire engines and ambulance crews on arrival after cabin pressures dropped again on another flight from Newcastle to Dalaman meaning that too had to make an emergency landing. 

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