By Tara Rippin • 03 April 2020 • 15:55
WARNING: Alex Twidal, pictured with partner Jack Howlett, is urging passengers of a certain plane to get checked out. CREDIT: Alex Ywidal Facebook
Alex Twidal’s Facebook post has already been shared more than 3,500 times in a matter of hours, as she reveals her family’s heartbreak.
Alex posted: “Three of my family members flew home from Benidorm (Alicante Airport) on Friday 20th March with Ryanair, flight Number FR9078, Gate Number B29, departure time was 19:55 and they flew to Leeds Bradford Airport.
“They have come back with coronavirus, which two of them are in hospital trying to fight. I honestly cannot tell you how heart breaking this is for me and the family. If you were on that flight PLEASE get checked out.”
The post has been met with lots of well wishers, and also Facebook users with their own stories to tell.
Betty Bryce said a friend of hers arrived at Hearthrown Airport from Australia, and “no-one was checked, it’s frightening to think that it is happening worldwide”.
While Susan Scott posted: “Omg, we were on the same flight, hopefully we are ok as it is now two weeks ago. Hope they get better and are ok.”
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Tara Rippin is a reporter for Spain’s largest English-speaking newspaper, Euro Weekly News, and is responsible for the Costa Blanca region.
She has been in journalism for more than 20 years, having worked for local newspapers in the Midlands, UK, before relocating to Spain in 1990.
Since arriving, the mother-of-one has made her home on the Costa Blanca, while spending 18 months at the EWN head office in Fuengirola on the Costa del Sol.
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