ONE of only two airworthy Lancaster bombers in the world soared through the sky – shortly before it was grounded.
The Andrew Mynarski Memorial Lancaster touched down at Durham Tees Valley Airport on Wednesday and has been flown over Hartlepool as part of a nationwide tour.
A select group, including war veterans, were invited to see the aeroplane, which played a key role in the Second World War, arrive in the region ahead of a sell-out celebration day on Thursday.
But the bomber was grounded after a it suffered an oil leak resulting in plumes of smoke coming from one of its engines.
The incident happened this morning during a flight over Saltburn and the North Yorkshire coast before the plane came in to land.
An airport spokesman said: “The Lancaster has been returned to the hangar and engineers are conducting tests to determine the cause of the fault.”
Its owners, the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum, have cancelled the bomber’s engagements for this weekend.