A Thomas Cook UK Boeing 757-200, registration G-TCBA performing flight MT-127L from Turin (Italy) to Birmingham,EN (UK) with 231 people on board, was climbing out of Turin, when fuel was noticed leaking from the right hand wing prompting the crew to return to Turin for a safe landing about 30 minutes after departure.
The runway needed to be closed for 90 minutes for cleaning.
The airplane was repaired over night and reached Birmingham the following morning, however not without being checked out in close formation overhead France for about 10 minutes, when the airplane crossed the Italian/French border near Sestriere (Italy), as passenger Jon reported (see picture below).
Jon also reported, that the captain suspected a bird strike as cause of the fuel leak in an announcement to passengers. A substantial amount of fuel had been lost. Another passenger on the flight heard the crew discussing, that a fuel problem of the aircraft had been noted in the airplane logs on the preceding flight to Birmingham.
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