16/04/2014 05:13 BST | Updated 16/04/2014 05:59 BST

Monarch Plane Passengers Told They're ‘Heading For A Watery Grave' By Pilot

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A Monarch Airways plane lands at a wet Birmingham Airport today as the aircraft maintenance division of the travel group has announced plans to build a new facility at Birmingham Airport, creating up to 300 jobs.

Passengers on a long-distance flight were understandably rather taken aback after their pilot told them a fault could have led them "to a watery grave."

The horrified holidaymakers say they were left "traumatised", after a four-day long flight from the Caribbean that was stricken with mechanical failures.

First, they were taken off a plane due to leave the Caribbean because of an issue with the jet.

Then, as they re-boarded the next day, the pilot cheerfully compared the earlier problem to a Thai flight that flipped over in mid-air and killed all 213 people on board in 1999.

To make matters worse, the plane had to make an emergency landing in Barbados after the pilot reported seeing smoke in the cockpit.

The exhausted travellers eventually arrived in London three days late, and most likely in need of another holiday.

Metro newspaper wrote how one flyer, Mike Bloxam, wrote on Facebook: "Safety is of course the most paramount consideration. But to mention planes flipping over and watery graves as you wait to take off is totally unacceptable."

Monarch Airlines have admitted the captain of flight MON368 from Tobago may have used the “wrong choice of words” and said it is investigating the fault.

In a statement, the airline said: "We always encourage pilots to give regular and open updates to our customers.

"On this occasion, during one update, he used an inappropriate choice of words and has expressed his regret in doing so.

"Every effort is being made to refund additional expenses incurred as a result of the delay."