The Thomas Cook flight was being operated using an Airbus A330-243 with registration G-OMYT. The flight was scheduled to depart at 12:35 and departed late at 13:59.
The aircraft was cruising up the northwest of England towards Scotland at 34,000 feet. After approximately 35 minutes after take off from Manchester, the aircraft descended down 1,000 feet to 33,000 feet. The aircraft was held in a holding pattern northwest of Stirling, Scotland for 30 minutes.
The aircraft left the holding pattern northwest of Stirling and began cruising south towards Manchester. Once the aircraft was cruising over Lockerbie, Scotland the aircraft began descending towards Manchester. The aircraft landed on Runway 23L at Manchester Airport at 15:06. After landing back in Manchester, Thomas Cook MT2700 was canceled.
Hey @ThomasCookUK Were writing a feature on MT2700 returning to @manairport Can you advise why it returned to Manchester? Or are you going to quote technical fault? Our feature will be similar to last weeks feature we did on MT2604 return to MCR thanks https://t.co/po1bX9tIoH
— Plane Reporter (@PlaneReporter) August 12, 2019
Unconfirmed reports suggest the aircraft encountered an issue with its nose gear. We have approached Thomas Cook on Twitter concerning this and were awaiting a response.
The return sector MT2701 San Francisco to Manchester was due to depart at 17:30 and according to Flight Radar 24, its new estimated departure time is 00:20 and the flight will be operated by G-MDBD. G-MDBD is a Thomas Cook Airbus A330-243, which is currently sat in New York’s JFK Airport and is scheduled to depart at 22:00 to Manchester. If Flight Radar was correct, G-MDBD would depart JFK for San Francisco and then fly back to Manchester.
According to Flight Stats, the return sector is running 23 hours late, it’s reporting M2701 will depart San Francisco at 16:20 on Tuesday, the following day. This theory makes more sense, the outbound passengers will need taking to San Francisco. Flight Stats doesn’t show which aircraft will be operating the flight. Recently Thomas Cook has been chartering aircraft from airlines like Hi-Fly, which has left a distasteful customer experience.
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