Passengers stuck on plane for four hours in 25C heat

Holidaymakers trapped on runway in 'roasting' weather at Manchester Airport

Passengers stuck on plane for four hours in 25C heat

Passengers on a Thomas Cook flight were left on a hot plane at Manchester Airport for almost four hours before it was cancelled.

The flight had been due to fly to Kos in Greece on Sunday at 1.55pm, but a technical fault meant there was a delay.

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Workers attempted to fix the problem, which occurred on flight DE1724, on German airline Condor, part of the Thomas Cook group. But, after three and a half hours, the 275 passengers were told the flight would have to be cancelled.

According to Travel Mole, Andrew Whitehead, 53, from Oldham, said: "It was awful. It was absolutely roasting outside so you can imagine how hot and stuffy it was on the plane."

Passengers were put up in a hotel on Sunday night with a view to continuing their journey on Monday.

Speaking to the Manchester Evening News, a Thomas Cook spokesman said: "We're extremely sorry to our customers for this delay which was due to a technical issue.

"Unfortunately it transpired it was not repairable today (Sunday).

"We have arranged for an alternative aircraft to take the passengers and we've arranged hotel accommodation and transport for them tonight."

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