A British Airways flight packed with holidaymakers on their way from Gatwick to Crete had to make an emergency landing after the smell of “cannabis” filled the plane.
Flight BA2552 had to return to Gatwick after around an hour-and-a-half because of the pungent stench.
@British_Airways flight to heraklion turned back after nasty smell. Disappointed holidaymakers, chance to excel with rapid turnaround?
— Simon Skinner (@firstlight40) July 21, 2016
After a diversion over Paris, the plane was sent back to London where the 174 travellers on board had an hour-long wait for a replacement flight on Thursday morning, The Sun reported.
Fire crews were also sent on board to investigate the overpowering odour.
Hundreds of other travellers stuck in Crete by the ensuing disruption faced delays of up to six hours.
A British Airways spokeswoman said no evidence of cannabis or anybody smoking cannabis was found on board.
She added: “Our pilot returned the aircraft to Gatwick as a precaution following reports of an unidentified strong smell in the cabin.