Plane carrying Manchester City staff evacuated before take-off over 'smoke'
An aircraft carrying Manchester City staff and media to a Champions League match was evacuated before take-off after reports of smoke in the cabin.
Passengers were ordered to leave the chartered plane as it was being prepared to fly from the airport to Romania on Monday ahead of the tie between City and Steaua Bucharest.
A spokesman for Manchester Airport said: "It appears that there was a smell of smoke in the cabin after (the passengers) boarded, so they have been taken back to the departure lounge."
The flight was operated by Romania-based charter airline Carpatair, who said the passengers were told to disembark when steam was released into the cabin due to condensation in the air conditioning unit.
City's playing squad and coaching staff travelled on an earlier flight. The affected plane was carrying other club staff, sponsors and journalists.
A spokesman for Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service said it was alerted to the incident at 11.05am, but it turned out to be a "false alarm".
He went on: "We stood on standby while the airport fire service investigated along with aircraft engineers.
"Condensation from the air conditioning unit was mistaken for smoke in the cabin."
Carpatair said a "detailed check" was performed by one of its engineers and the plane was able to take off at 11.58am under "normal operation".