BBC presenter Gabby Logan sent a desperate message on social media after being left stranded in Budapest.
Bank Holiday air traffic control problems in the UK resulted in numerous flights being disrupted on Monday (August 28) with all short-haul journeys from London Heathrow held.
Gabby, 50, who has been covering the World Athletics Championships in the Hungarian capital, was one of the many affected by the travel chaos.
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She wrote on X, formerly known as Twitter, at the time: "On a plane on the runway at Budapest airport.
"After almost 3 weeks away from home I am hours from hugging my family. And have just been told UK airspace is shut. We could be here for 12 hours. So we sit on the plane and wait."
And trying to remain positive in the hours that followed, she joked: "Nb It’s allowing traffic in there’s already airborne but nothing else to take off. Now regretting my decision to miss breakfast."
A statement on Monday afternoon by national airspace controllers (NATS), meanwhile, read: "We have identified and remedied the technical issue affecting our flight planning system this morning.
"We are now working closely with airlines and airports to manage the flights affected as efficiently as possible.
Our engineers will be carefully monitoring the system’s performance as we return to normal operations."
It continued: "The flight planning issue affected the system’s ability to automatically process flight plans, meaning that flight plans had to be processed manually which cannot be done at the same volume, hence the requirement for traffic flow restrictions.
" Our priority is always to ensure that every flight in the UK remains safe and we are sincerely sorry for the disruption this is causing. Please contact your airline for information on how this may affect your flight."
Disruptions were also confirmed by British Airways, for whom a spokesperson added: "We are working closely with Nats to understand the impact of a technical issue that is affecting UK airspace, and will keep our customers up to date with the latest information."
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Earlier this month, mother-of-two Gabby revealed she is "feeling fitter than ever" as she posed for the front cover of Women's Health UK magazine.
Inside the issue she spoke of her exercising regime, which continues to support her age-defying looks.
"My stomach muscles are stronger than they've probably ever been – or more visible than they've been – and I feel as though I’m getting stronger and stronger," she said. "There's a goal to my training and it's to carry on being functional."
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The former gymnast explained that she wanted to make an extra special effort when it came to her appearance out of respect for viewers but did also admit that she'd suffered sexism at work.
She added: "There's a bit of you that's been mindful about not wanting to be too loud, or be the person that knows all the answers – even though, er, I do know the answers.
"So there's probably a period when you retreat a little bit, and then think, actually, no – I feel confident, I'm 50 and I've done lots of things that have got me to this stage."
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