"I Really Thought It Was Coming Down" - Boeing 757 "Test Flight" In Manchester Nearly Brought Down By 'Bird Strike'

Update (1138ET): Reports chronicled by FlightRadar show that the Boeing 757 with reported problems during takeoff circled above the Greater Manchester Area Monday afternoon before the plane landed safely. Media reports have cited a "minor fault" that caused an audible boom mentioned in earlier reports.
 

Here are some tweets from reporters and exasperated onlookers from before the plane landed, as some described it flying in circles while what appeared to be smoke billowed out of it.

One local said "I really thought it was coming down" and described the incident as "the scariest thing I've ever lived through".

The plane was reportedly on a test flight, according to spokespeople from the airline who are chatting with reporters while the company gets its facts straight. An official statement is expected shortly. The incident was reportedly a test flight nearly brought down by a bird strike.

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According to UK press reports a Boeing 757 reportedly had some trouble after taking off from an airport in Manchester.

  • LOUD BANG AND FLAMES SEEN COMING FROM A BOEING 757 AFTER TAKE OFF AT MANCHESTER AIRPORT - METRO

Local media reports claim the plane is already safely back on the ground, with rumors about a 'bird strike' being the cause of the incident.

Boeing shares took a beating late last week when several people died after an Air India Express Boeing 737 from Dubai broke apart after landing at Kozhikode Airport in Kerala, India, last week.