Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

140 PASSENGERS IN EMERGENC Y LANDING TERROR AS SPARKS SHOOT FROM JET ENGINE ; Families Cry and Scream on Board Jet2 Flight from Barcelona as They Are Told to Get into the Brace Position after Suspected Bird Strike as Plane Approaches Airport

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

140 PASSENGERS IN EMERGENC Y LANDING TERROR AS SPARKS SHOOT FROM JET ENGINE ; Families Cry and Scream on Board Jet2 Flight from Barcelona as They Are Told to Get into the Brace Position after Suspected Bird Strike as Plane Approaches Airport

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ATERRIFIED passenger on a plane forced to make an emergency landing texted her mum saying she thought it was the end.

Kathryn Lowe, 28, was among the panicking 140 passengers on board the Jet2 flight which suffered a suspected bird strike in one of its engines as it came in to land at Manchester Airport.

Travellers became alarmed when they heard a loud banging noise coming from the aircraft just a few minutes before they were due to land following the flight from Barcelona.

Kathryn's partner Simon Hampson, 29, shot dramatic footage through the plane showing what appeared to be sparks coming from the engine as his family began to panic.

And the mum-of-three from Bolton said she was so scared, she sent a text message to her mother telling her she loved her and asking her to look after their pets. She has also vowed never to fly again.

She said: "It was horrible. Simon told me that he'd seen the sparks and I said 'I don't want to know about it.' "But then you could hear the banging and it was going on for a good 10 or 15 minutes.

"As we were on approach and we were about to land he pulled up and we went back into the sky and circled for a bit.

"God knows what would have happened if we'd landed at that point. It was just terrifying. I don't normally cry, but I burst into tears.

"I really thought that might be it. I texted my mum and asked her to look after the animals.

"When we came back down the second time we were told to get into the brace position.

"It was a really smooth landing in the end.

"All the staff did a fantastic job. But I will still never get on a plane again that's for sure."

Simon said: "It was really scary, especially having the kids with us, as they were really upset and crying.

"When I saw the sparks I couldn't believe it, but I didn't want to make a scene and frighten everyone else even more.

"I'm just glad we landed safely and we're all okay, even if we are a bit traumatised."

Other passengers told of 'unusual vibrations' and seeing a 'popping flame' on the wing before they were instructed by air attendants to adopt the 'brace' position as they landed to be met by fire crews. …

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