TUI flight issues emergency warning after Manchester take-off as it circles north-west for hours

A TUI flight from Manchester issued an ’emergency alert’ shortly after takeoff this morning. The flight – TOM5GM – has been circling the northwest for over two hours since then as it appears to be returning to Manchester Airport.

The plane sent a 7700 ‘Squawk’ code indicating an emergency at 13,000 feet shortly after takeoff at 10:30 am. The flight was on its way to Cape Verde and was already delayed before take-off.

The BOEING 767-300 sent the 7700 Squawk code, which immediately alerts air traffic control to an aircraft in distress. This could indicate a technical or technical problem with the aircraft, which is currently unknown.


A Manchester Airport spokesman said he was aware of a “flight that has decided to return to Manchester”. TUI has been approached for a statement. A flight-tracking website appears to show the plane descending to land at Manchester Airport.

This comes after another TUI flight had to return to Manchester on Friday (June 24) night for an emergency landing after passengers could smell ‘smoke’. The flight, already delayed by 15 hours, was flying over mainland Europe when it turned back to Manchester due to a ‘technical failure’.

As a result, many on board were ‘petrified’ and the aircraft was greeted by fire engines after landing.

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