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Flybe passengers ordered to stay on plane after health scare

The flight touched down in Manchester shortly after 10am.

Passengers were ordered to remain on board a Flybe flight after landing in Manchester (Tim Goode/PA)
Passengers were ordered to remain on board a Flybe flight after landing in Manchester (Tim Goode/PA)

By Neil Lancefield, PA Transport Correspondent

Passengers arriving at Manchester Airport on a flight from Paris were ordered to remain on the plane for more than two hours due to a health scare.

Public Health England (PHE) said it acted in response to a traveller becoming ill with suspected gastroenteritis during the Flybe flight.

Full contact details were taken from the other 106 passengers on board so they could be traced if required.

They were eventually allowed to continue their journeys.

PHE said in a statement: “Public Health England is aware of an individual who became ill with gastro-intestinal symptoms during a flight to Manchester. The individual was transported by ambulance to a nearby hospital for treatment.

“We have undertaken a risk assessment and can confirm that any risk of infection to passengers is very low.

“We have followed established multi-agency plans and procedures, which sometimes include collecting information from passengers as a precaution.

“All other passengers have gone on to continue their journeys.”

A Flybe spokeswoman said: “Flybe can confirm that all 106 passengers asked to remain on board the above flight upon arrival into Manchester this morning were given the all-clear to disembark without further restriction and have since done so.

“The aircraft, following a deep clean, has also been given the all-clear by the authorities to return back into service as soon as this is completed.”

The flight touched down in Manchester shortly after 10am.

One passenger with the Twitter username @NicholasVisuals posted a message stating that he was “stranded” on the aircraft, which was being “surrounded by police”.

At 12.46pm he wrote that passengers were “finally let off the plane” and put onto a bus.

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