A Thomas Cook Airlines Scandinavia Airbus A330-200, registration OY-VKF performing flight MT-2652 from Manchester,EN (UK) to Holguin (Cuba), was enroute at FL380 about 190nm west of Shannon about to enter the Oceanic Crossing when the crew advised of a minor technical problem and requested to hold to enter a hold, the controller instructed the flight to turn left onto a heading of 180. The crew subsequently decided to return to Manchester. The aircraft landed on Manchester’s runway 23R about 80 minutes after the first advise of a minor technical problem, the left hand winglet was missing from the aircraft.
A passenger reported the winglet had been removed before flight and maintenance had taped the wing tip up, however, the tape departed the aircraft in flight.
Other passengers reported the crew announced there was an oil leak.
According to information The Aviation Herald received the left hand engine (Trent 772) suffered low engine oil pressure.
The aircraft landing back (Photo: Eamonn and James Clarke):
Detail of the left wing tip (Photo: Eamonn and James Clarke):
The left hand wing tip seen before departure (Photo: Simon Rowlinson):