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A bumpy landing

HUNDREDS of holidaymakers had a bumpy landing when an airliner touched down at Birmingham International Airport last week.

HUNDREDS of holidaymakers had a bumpy landing when an airliner touched down at Birmingham International Airport last week.

Passengers claim that the aircraft bounced four times as it came in to land - rising 20ft into the air each time - before screeching to a halt.

Airline Monarch admitted that the flight - which had nearly 200 people on board - had “bounced slightly” after being caught in cross-winds.

Afterwards, engineers checked the aircraft to make sure that it hadn’t been damaged in the landing.

Seventy-five-year-old Tommy Price, a former RAF technician, was among those on board.

“Everybody was seriously scared out of their wits,” he said.

“They were absolutely terrified. Most people thought there was almost a major accident - I thought it was very close.”

Monarch flight ZB971 had arrived back from Malaga last Tuesday, touching down at around 1.35am.

An airline spokesman said: “It is standard practice with any heavy landing to have the aircraft tyres inspected and this was carried out immediately after landing.

“No damage to the tyres was found and the aircraft was cleared to continue on its parking stand.”

In August, a Monarch flight from Birmingham to Tenerife had to turn-round and make an emergency landing only minutes into the flight.

Some passengers had reported seeing flames shooting from the engine, although the airline said it had found no evidence of a blaze.

 

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