A Jet2 Boeing 757 circled above Greater Manchester after witnesses reported hearing a 'loud bang' shortly following the flight at Manchester Airport taking off.

Online flight trackers show the plane circling above Greater Manchester this afternoon.

The plane in question is understood to have been on a test flight and the airline will issue a statement shortly, Manchester Evening News reports.

Some witnesses are speculating that the plane suffered a bird strike.

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