Lancaster leaves Teesside after engine repair

Lancaster Bomber Image copyright Richard Levett
Image caption FM213 Vera experienced an "issue" with one of its engines

A Lancaster bomber which has been stranded at a Teesside airport for the past five days has returned to its base after an engine was fixed.

The Mynarski Lancaster had been due to leave Durham Tees Valley Airport last Friday.

But the Canadian aircraft was grounded after developing engine trouble.

Teams have been working 13-hour days to repair the engine and the bomber arrived at RAF Coningsby in Lincolnshire at about 1500 BST.

A spokesman for the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum, which has sent the bomber to the UK for a two month tour, said the troublesome number four engine has been replaced.

The engine suffered an internal oil leak while the bomber was on a pleasure flight over the coast at Saltburn.

It is hoped the aircraft, popularly known as Vera, will resume displays later this week.

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