A flight full of holidaymakers jetting off from Newcastle to Turkey was turned around mid-flight yesterday (September 1) just 40 minutes into the journey.

The Jet2 flight took, codenamed LS561, off from Newcastle International Airport at 3.55pm but landed back at the airport at 4.35pm after reporting a technical issue.

The plane, a Boeing 737, landed safely back at the airport and passengers were transferred to another aircraft to carry on their journeys.

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Flight tracking service Flight Radar 24 shows that the plane circled over the North East after take off, burning fuel before it could return to Newcastle.

The Northern Echo: The flight circled over the North East. Picture: FLIGHTRADAR24The flight circled over the North East. Picture: FLIGHTRADAR24

A Jet2 spokesperson said: "Flight LS561 from Newcastle to Dalaman followed standard procedure and returned to Newcastle International Airport after the crew reported a technical indication.

“The aircraft has landed safely, and customers will be flown to Dalaman on a replacement aircraft."

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It comes after a RyanAir flight from Newcastle to Alicante was diverted to London Stanstead earlier this week after a passenger became ill mid-flight.

The Ryanair flight, FR4080, took off from Newcastle at around 8pm on Tuesday (August 30) and had been expected to travel to Alicante in Spain.

However, after a few minutes in the air, the Boeing 737 had to make an unexpected diversion and landed at Stansted Airport at 8.22pm.

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