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Major alert as smoke reported pouring from KLM plane on runway at Manston airport

By KentOnline reporter

Manston airport was at the centre of a major alert last night after reports smoke was pouring from a plane.

More than 30 firefighters surrounded the KLM aircraft on the runway of Kent International Airport in Thanet.

Kent Fire and Rescue Service said six crews and specialist units were scrambled to the scene at just after 7.30pm.

Fire crews surround a KLM flight at Manston airport. Picture Richard Ninnim

Fire crews surround a KLM flight at Manston airport. Picture: Richard Ninnim

However, it turned out to be a false alarm and firefighters left the airport at around 7.50pm.

It is not known if any passengers were on board the plane at the time of the alert.

KLM has been running twice-daily return flights from Manston to Amsterdam since March.

Fire crews surround a KLM flight at Manston airport. Picture Richard Ninnim

Fire crews surround a KLM flight at Manston airport. Picture: Richard Ninnim

The move links passengers with 133 destinations accessed from Schiphol's hub airport.

Manston aims to boost boost annual passenger numbers from one million to five million by 2033.

Last year, nearly 50 million passengers passed through Schiphol, making it one of Europe's busiest airports.

A KLM flight takes off from Manston airport to Schiphol in Amsterdam

A KLM flight takes off from Manston airport to Schiphol in Amsterdam

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