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Jet2 Boeing 757 circles above Greater Manchester after taking off from airport


A Boeing 757-200 belonging to budget carrier Jet2 suffered a bird strike today, August 10th. The aircraft had just taken off from Manchester Airport when the incident occurred. The crew then made the decision to return to Manchester but needed to burn excess fuel before landing.

Jet2’s 757 bird strike

According to a Twitter post by AerohubNews (see below), a Boeing 757-200 belonging to Jet2 suffered a bird strike just after take-off at 14:58 local time. Reports indicate that the strike occurred with the aircraft’s right engine after departure from Manchester’s Runway 05L.

Due to the severity of the bird strike, the crew made the decision to return to Manchester Airport but was overweight due to its fuel load. As a result, the 757 was sent into a holding pattern nearby in order to burn off excess fuel before returning. According to flight-tracker FlightRadar24.com, it appears that the jet made three large loops over the western portion of Manchester and its outlying area.

With a flight time of just under half an hour, the aircraft landed back at Manchester Airport safely at 15:25 local time.

Aircraft details and background

The aircraft was a Boeing 757-200 registered as G-LSAN and is powered by two Rolls-Royce RB211 engines. According to Airfleets.net, G-LSAN is a 26.4-year-old aircraft configured in an all-economy layout to accommodate 235 passengers.

The aircraft has had a diverse history flying with numerous airlines. Its first operator was actually Transavia back in 1994. After that, it flew for multiple small airlines as well as Avianca, before joining Jet2.


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