Etihad airliner returns to Manchester airport after the flight in the air

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Passengers traveling with Etihad Airways had to get off at Manchester Airport

Passengers were evacuated from a plane at Manchester Airport after a technical problem occurred shortly after taking off in the air.

Etihad Airways's EY22 flight to Abu Dhabi left Manchester at 19:28 GMT but looped before returning to the airport 30 minutes later.

One passenger claimed that he had a small fire on Facebook behind the plane.

The airport confirmed that fire engines had hit the plane, but nobody was injured.

A spokeswoman said, "The flight returned to the airport and the fire trucks were in line with the normal procedure."

Passenger Graham Ecclestone wrote on Facebook: "Withdrawal Ten minutes later, Notlande lands in Manchester.

"Tarpaulin got a small fire on the back, and fire trucks took part in the floor safe."

The airline has just confirmed that there was a "technical problem".