Bank Holiday hell: Flight to Greece delayed for 27 hours at Manchester

Bank Holiday nightmare: Flight to Greece delayed for 27 hours at ManchesterPA

A technical fault on a Monarch plane caused a travel nightmare for more than 220 passengers - in the form a 27 hour delay.

The holidaymakers were due to depart Manchester to Mytilene on the Greek island of Lesbos at 6.40am on Saturday, but it didn't depart until 10am yesterday, according to the Daily Mail.

The technical fault kept the plane grounded for 10 hours while engineers attempted to fix the problem.

But, when the Boeing 757 finally set off at 3.25pm on Saturday, the fault reappeared and passengers were told they would have to remain in the air for two hours to burn off excess fuel before returning to Manchester airport.

The plane finally landed back at Manchester at 5.30pm, and the MON1874 flight was rescheduled to depart at 10am on Sunday, with the 224 passengers spent the night in hotels.

One passenger told the Manchester Evening News: "We couldn't believe it. We were really looking forward to our holiday and then we got all those delays.

"To find out there was still a problem when we got into the air was really frightening. It was a long two hours circling up there."

According to the Daily Mail, Monarch apologised for the inconvenience, and a Manchester Airport spokesperson confirmed the flight returned to Manchester following a technical fault.

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