- 08:51, 16 MAR 2017
- Updated12:17, 16 MAR 2017
A pilot was forced to abort a take-off at the last-minute following an alert as a plane hurtled down the runway at Birmingham Airport.
Terrified passengers said the Monarch flight’s front wheels were already in the air when it came to an emergency stop.
One traveller aboard the 7am service to Malaga said a “deathly silence” fell on the plane.(Image: Clive Shotton)
It was thought the engine had overheated.
Clive Shotton, 62, said; “We were due to leave Birmingham Airport for Malaga at 7am on Thursday.
“But as the plane began to take off we suddenly came to an emergency stop.
“Everyone on board was very concerned, and a deathly silence fell.
“We were told by staff on board that the engine overheated but that it was new and had only been installed on the plane yesterday.
“We were moved to another aircraft to continue the journey.”(Image: Clive Shotton)
West Midlands Fire Service was called but no 999 crews were sent to the scene.
It said the alert was instead dealt with by the airport’s in-house fire team.
Passengers were put on a different aircraft to continue their journey.
Clive, from Droitwich, told the Mail he travelled by plane at least once a month but had never previously experienced an emergency stop.