A stretch of the M1 was shut because of an “aircraft emergency” on a flight from Gran Canaria. Police closed the motorway in both directions near East Midlands Airport.

This was to allow “a clear flight path” for the plane which had reported trouble with its systems. Traffic was stopped between J23a and J24 at 9.30pm yesterday. East Midlands Airport said the closure was “precautionary” after a Jet2 flight with 153 people on board alerted them to a suspected malfunction.

A spokeswoman for Jet2 said flight number LS670 called for assistance on its approach to the airport after the pilot noticed a “fault indication”. She said the flight landed safely before being inspected. Highways England, which looks after the motorway, tweeted to alert motorists to the “aircraft emergency”.