A Moira plane 'expert' has revealed what he saw from his back garden as an aeroplane from East Midlands Airport had to do a U-turn on its flight.
Due to ‘computer issues’, the plane was forced to return to East Midlands Airport on Sunday, July 9 shortly after take-off.
First taking off at 1.50pm, the flight, which was going to Larnaca, in Cyprus, took off on time but had to make a U-turn and land safely as reported by our sister title, the Derby Telegraph.
Eyewitness Robert Lee has explained what he saw from his back garden in Moira, as the aeroplane moved oddly across the sky above him.
The 47-year-old said: "We live on the flight path and I know my planes so I could tell something was wrong. It sounded funny; it was not on its usual path.
"I phoned my partner and said to her 'something's not right here with this plane that's flying over the house'. It started to bank and then turned. I could tell it was heading back towards the airport."
The M1 below had to be shut in both directions as the aircraft performed an emergency landing.
An East Midlands Airport spokesman said: “The 1.50pm My Travel flight to Larnaca developed a computer issue shortly after taking off and had to return. It landed back at East Midlands Airport safely.”
The Highway Agency also tweeted: "For safety reasons, #M1 is being held for a short time both directions J23A - J24 ... aim to have you moving soon, Thank you #Kegworth."
Shortly afterwards it sent another tweet that read: "#M1 held traffic for both directions now being released near #Kegworth J24 - J23A ..Thank you very much for your patience."