A Thomson Boeing 787 this morning made an emergency landing at the Lajes airport on the Portuguese island region of the Azores.
The plane, carrying 288 passengers, mostly British nationals, was en route from the Dominican Republic to Manchester when the emergency landing was requested.
The twin-engine aircraft touched down at Lajes at 4.13am Lisbon time. The passengers were later flown to Manchester on a replacement aircraft at 12.36pm.
Portuguese rescue services told Lusa News Agency the incident was the result of technical problems recorded on the plane.