Thomas Cook aircraft makes emergency landing

A Thomas Cook aircraft bound for the UK was forced to return to the airport it took off from after the pilot saw fuel gushing from one of its wings.

The Boeing 757 had just taken off from Turin’s Caselle airport yesterday en route to Birmingham with 231 passengers who were returning from a half-term ski break on February 21.

The leak was caused by a faulty valve and the pilot was forced to circle the airport for half an hour so he could land the aircraft with the minimum amount of fuel on board.

Emergency crews were on standby but the pilot managed to touch down safely. Authorities closed the runway for two hours to clear up the fuel and several flights were diverted to Milan airport.

Passengers on the flight were put up in hotels overnight while engineers flew out from Birmingham to fix the valve. The passengers returned safely on Monday February 22.

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