Bee stuck in air speed indicator
Thanks to Peter for a link to a report in the Daily Post website: Yesterday Madeira-bound holidaymakers experienced a lengthy delay after what airport sources reported as a “technical issue” forced their aircraft to return to Manchester Airport less than an hour after departing.
TUI flight 2536 to Funchal took off just before 15.00pm and climbed out of Manchester normally. But as it approached Chester the aircraft began circling over the Dee Estuary and spent more than 45 minutes flying between Chester and Prestatyn at about 6,000ft. Eventually it made its way back to Manchester, where it landed safely at 16.00pm and taxied to a stand near Terminal 2.
A passenger later wrote on social media that a member of crew had explained that a bee had got stuck in the air speed indicator. This is located close to the nose of the aircraft. The part was exchanged by technicians while the passengers remained on board.
The website reports that the plane had earlier made an uneventful flight to Venice and back. The six-year-old plane was delivered new to TUI, (previously Thomson Airways), in November 2012