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Sunday, 26 October 2014

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Cumbrian wedding party caught up in plane horror

A wedding party had a terrifying end to their holiday when a fire scare forced their plane to make an emergency landing in Bermuda.

The group of 15 wereon a flight from Cancun in Mexico to Manchester on Tuesday when smoke was noticed in the cabin due to an electrical fault.

They were among 388 passengers on Thomas Cook Airlines Flight 149.

The captain declared an emergency and the jet landed safely 40 minutes later.

The Workington group were returning after celebrating the wedding of Lee McAllister, 31, and Charlene Young, 24, of Distington.

The new Mrs McAllister, of Hayescastle Road, and her gas fitter husband said that they were “glad everyone was okay”.

Speaking from a hotel room on the island, bridesmaid Becky Fee, 25, of John Street, Workington, said: “There was a fire under one of the seats, and everybody panicked. There was loads of flashing lights when we landed and about 30 firemen.”

A spokeswoman for Thomas Cook said: “A minor fault became apparent and, as a precaution and to establish the extent of the issue, the captain requested a divert into Bermuda.”

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