Plane forced to divert to Norwich Airport

Norwich Airport. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Norwich Airport. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2017

A flight to Spain was temporarily diverted to Norwich Airport after a lightning strike caused refuelling problems.

The Thomas Cook MT1958 flight from London Stansted Airport to Reus Airport, in Spain's Catalonia region, touched down in Norwich this morning to refuel.

A Thomas Cook spokesman said: 'Flight MT1958 diverted to Norwich for fuelling due to the fuelling problems at Stansted. It has now departed Norwich for Reus.'

Major travel problems and disruptions were caused to many flights from Stansted Airport after the aircraft fuelling system was damaged by a lightning strike early this morning.

A statement from the airport read: 'Due to an earlier lightning strike, the aircraft fuelling system was unavailable for a period this morning.

'Engineers have been on site and have now restored the system, however flights may still be subject to diversion delay or cancellation.

'We apologise for the inconvenience and advise all passengers to check with their airlines for their latest flight updates.'