Belfast plane bound for Canaries turns back mid-flight

An aircraft bound for the Canary Islands has suddenly doubled back on itself over the north Atlantic and headed back to the UK.

The route of the flight, from FlightRadar:
The route of the flight, from FlightRadar:

Flight LS371, a Jet2 passenger plane, had taken off from Belfast International Airport but was diverted to England.

The flight bypassed closer runways at Cork, Shannon, and Dublin, to cross the Irish Sea and land in Manchester, where it touched down about after 2pm.

A statement released moments ago said: “Flight LS371 from Belfast International to Gran Canaria has diverted to Manchester because of disruptive passenger behaviour.

“We apologise to customers for any inconvenience caused, however as a family friendly airline we will not tolerate such behaviour.

“We will have customers on their way as soon as possible.”

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