A video he shot aboard the plane shows it almost empty as it cruises through the skies back to the UK
Michael Johnson and his family were on their way back from a holiday in Turkey when their Thomas Cook flight home took a spooky turn.
A video has emerged of an almost empty plane flying from Turkey to the UK
The 53-year-old was meant to be flying back to Manchester on Sunday when they were told the majority of the passengers would not be going home that day.
That left just over a dozen people on the aircraft as it made its way back to Britain, including Michael’s 11 strong clan.
A video he shot aboard the “ghostly” plane shows it almost completely empty as it cruises through the skies back to the UK.
Middlesborough native Michael told Gazette Live: “We boarded the aircraft and sat for 45 minutes in boiling temperatures without knowing why.
The eerie footage was posted by Michael Johnson as he made his way back from holiday
“I asked one of the cabin crew and was told the plane hadn’t been working.
“They thought they could fix it, but it took 45 minutes for the captain to tell us what was going on.
“He said the plane could fly but it had to unload 115 passengers, so they wanted volunteers.
“They would be put up for the night and given 400 euros.
“We were one of the first to press these lights, but so did everyone else. Practically all the lights came on.”
Passengers were then selected from the front and the back to remain in Turkey.
But Michael and his family, who were towards the middle of the plane, were told they were to remain on the flight.
115 passengers were ordered off the plane to make it safe to fly by Thomas Cook
However their luggage was also removed from the hold, which had Michael’s car and house keys inside.
He was then forced to smash a window in his home to get entry to his home.
A Thomas Cook Airlines spokesman said: “Due to an earlier technical fault, the aircraft was required reduce its weight on board.
“We had a large number of customers who were happy to stay overnight in Turkey for the flight to operate as planned, which continued on to Manchester after a short delay.”
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