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Inquiry after runway near-miss.

A holiday jet aborted take-off when another plane taxied across its path, it was revealed yesterday.

The MyTravel plane, carrying 220 passengers, was taking off from Manchester Airport for France when a recently-landed Ryanair plane crossed the runway.

The MyTravel pilot aborted take-off and performed an emergency stop of his Airbus A321 craft.

Take-off was delayed for around 90 minutes while engineers carried out safety checks and tested the brakes.

The Ryanair plane, a Boeing 737, had just landed from Dublin and was crossing the other runway to reach the terminal.

A MyTravel spokesman said: 'We can confirm that a MyTravel Airways aircraft carried out an aborted take-off for safety reasons at Manchester Airport on Sunday February 29. 'No passengers were injured and the aircraft resumed its flight following a short delay.

'The airline has reported the incident to the Civil Aviation Authority and the Air Accident Investigation Branch.'

A spokesman for the Air Accident Investigation Branch confirmed it was investigating the incident.

Sources at MyTravel said its plane was cleared for take-off by air traffic controllers, and a Ryanair spokeswoman said: 'The Ryanair craft was complying with air traffic control instructions.'

A spokesman for National Air Traffic Services said: 'We will not know exactly what happened until the AAIB investigation is complete, so it would not be appropriate to comment at this time.'
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