The plane took off just before 8 a.m. reports the Manchester Evening News. However, the pilot broadcast a 7700 squawk code and declared a general emergency while flying over Oxfordshire. The Airbus A320 aircraft then turned around and flew back to Manchester where it landed shortly afterwards. easyJet said a normal landing took place and all passengers disembarked normally.
Passengers were given free food and drinks, while a replacement aircraft was arranged to transport them later in the day, the company said.
An airline spokesman said: “easyJet can confirm that flight EZY1999 from Manchester to Enfidha in Tunisia returned to Manchester this morning due to a technical problem and landed normally in accordance with procedures. Passengers will receive complimentary refreshments and continue their journey to Enfida this morning on a replacement aircraft.
“The safety and well-being of our passengers and crew is easyJet’s top priority and easyJet operates its fleet of aircraft in strict accordance with the guidelines of all manufacturers.”
Later, in a separate and unrelated incident, a flight from Iceland to Manchester was diverted to Scotland due to a medical emergency. Flight EZY1810 from Reykjavik was due to land at Manchester Airport around 12:10 PM. However, the aircraft also declared an emergency when it flew over northern Scotland.