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Plane safe after fuel tank leaks.

PILOTS of a UK-bound holiday flight with some 200 passengers on board managed to land safely after losing more than a ton of fuel from an engine leak, an air accident report revealed today.

Considerable amounts of fuel lay on the runway at Gatwick Airport after the Thomas Cook Boeing 757 touched down following a flight from Bodrum in Turkey, the Air Accidents Investigation Branch report said.

The captain estimated that about 2,860lb (1,300kg) of fuel had leaked from the left engine - an RB211 Rolls-Royce engine.

The airfield was closed to all movements after the incident in the early hours of June 12 last year.
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Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:Apr 14, 2011
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