The passengers on the Jet2 plane were told engineers were examining a “technical fault” which was established moments before the plane was due to leave the party island for Manchester on Monday morning. Passengers said they had smelt a strange odour and could feel heat through the aircraft walls during the delay.
One woman suffered a panic attack and one passenger said they wanted to get off the plane, according to Manchester Evening News.
One passenger, who didn’t want to be named, said: “I was at the front of the plane and we just heard this commotion coming from the back, everyone was standing up and there was shouting and panic.
“It was really scary, we didn’t know what was going on.
“I grabbed my passport and phone and put my shoes back on just in case we had to evacuate.
“One woman told her children to take their seatbelts off, no-one knew what was going on.”
The plane eventually left Ibiza at around the local time of 1.30pm and arrived in Manchester at approximately 3.30pm.
Jet2, which travels to 65 destinations from Manchester, said the commotion was down to a “nervous” flyer.
A spokesman said: “Flight LS170 was delayed earlier today after some routine checks, as well as the aircraft having to return to stand shortly after push back due to a nervous customer onboard.
“The flight subsequently took off and landed at Manchester Airport as normal.”