Plane's emergency landing at Manchester over smoke fear

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Passengers were evacuated on the runway

A pilot had to make an emergency landing at Manchester Airport after people reported smelling smoke onboard.

Flybe flight BE868 from Manchester to Southampton returned to the airport shortly after take-off at 1605 BST.

The airline said the pilot had made the decision as a precaution. Passengers were evacuated down the plane's steps on to the runway.

No-one on board was injured and the 31 passengers are being re-booked on the next available flight to Southampton.

A Flybe spokesman said: "Safety is Flybe's number one priority and apologies to all the passengers involved for the delay to their journey."

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