Boeing Dreamliner 787 'forced to return' to Manchester

Thomson Airways Boeing 787 Dreamliner at Manchester Airport The Boeing 787 plane was travelling from Manchester to Sanford, Florida

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A Boeing 787 Dreamliner jet has been forced to return to Manchester Airport following "a technical issue".

The Thomson Airways plane was travelling from Manchester to Sanford, Florida but circled over North Wales for 30 minutes before returning.

The holiday company said the incident was not connected to a fire on a parked Ethiopian Airlines Dreamliner at Heathrow Airport earlier.

Thomson Airways described the return as "precautionary".

A spokeswoman for the company said: "Passengers have disembarked and our dedicated team of engineers are now inspecting the aircraft.

"Our customers will be moved to an alternative aircraft to ensure they get away on their holiday as soon as possible".

She added: "The safety of our customers and crew is of paramount importance and we would like to apologise for the delay caused."

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