A Monarch DC-10 airliner bound for Manchester was forced to make an emergency landing at Palma airport yesterday just minutes after take-off. An eye-witness who contacted the Bulletin yesterday said that apparently the aircraft was trailing smoke from its rear engines next to the tail-plane. A company spokesman said that the aircraft could have safely made the two and a half hour flight to Manchester but the pilot decided to head back to Palma for safety reasons. The airport was placed on emergency landing alert which involves rescue vehicles trailing the aircraft as it comes into land. The plane also landed on a runway specially prepared for this sort of emergency. The captain kept the aircraft's 150 passengers abreast of all developments. The aircraft landed safely and passengers were taken to the terminal building to await developments.

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