Flights diverted over Vulcan

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TWO inbound flights had to be diverted from Robin Hood Airport in Doncaster after a Vulcan bomber based there the failed to take off.

The historic cold war jet was unable to get off the runway after being struck by problems with its engines at the airport in Finningley yesterday, at about noon.

Holidaymakers heading back from Ibiza and Menorca had their flights diverted to Manchester and East Midlands.

The runway reopened later in the afternoon following the incident.

An airport spokesman said: “We would like to apologise for the disruption caused.”

He said an investigation would take place into what happened to the Vulcan.

A spokesman for the Vulcan to the Sky Trust, which operates the bomber, said the aircraft had been due to take off for a training flight for the crew.

He said the engines were shut down after the problem was found and everyone on the aircraft was safe

He said: “Unfortunately, this means that she will not be able to fly for at least two weeks, although we will not know exactly how long rectification will take until the problem has been thoroughly investigated.”