The plane in question would have made a test flight, reports Manchester Evening News.
A witness said: “He was in the garden (live in front of the runway), he heard it take off then a loud bang above, looked up and the engine was flames coming from him!”
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” Very scary! Glad he has landed safely now.
Another tweeted: Really loud noise in the Manchester Airport area around 3pm. The house was vibrating! Hope all was well. ”
Another person said they heard an engine “blow up and catch fire”.
While some witnesses speculate that the plane suffered a bird strike.
One of them tweeted: ‘A big noisy bird shot on a plane taking off from Manchester Airport about 15 minutes ago. I scared life. I’m not sure the plane continued or turned around. ”
The flight is said to have landed safely at Manchester Airport.
A Jet2 spokesperson said: ‘One of our planes on a routine test flight followed the procedure and returned to Manchester Airport this afternoon, after the crew reported a minor fault .
“The aircraft has landed safely and will be thoroughly checked, in accordance with standard practice.”