Hundreds of holidaymakers have been left stranded in Turkey - with many taking to sleeping on the streets - after a flight bound for Glasgow Airport suffered a technical fault.

Children were seen sleeping on suitcases covered in nothing but jackets after the passengers of the Thomas Cook flight 111 from Antalya Airport to Glasgow were allegedly taken off the aircraft and told to wait outside the airport.

It comes amid widespread fears the travel company could go bust and is reportedly in talks to increase the size of a rescue package to £1 billion.

But the travel woes of passengers last night were due to a technical failure aboard an Airbus A321, which was due to fly from Antalya to Glasgow at 10.10pm on Friday.

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One passenger, Zarqa Sattar, had finished a week-long holiday in Antalya with her husband when they were faced with the chaos last night.

"Kids were sleeping on suitcases with jackets over them," she exclusively told the Evening Times. "Everyone was on the ground outside because they removed us from inside the airport.

"I don't understand why we couldn't have stayed indoors."

Passengers first boarded the flight two hours after its scheduled departure, only to be then told by staff that engineers had been called onto the aircraft.

They were later escorted off the plane and allegedly told to wait outside the airport, where they had told passengers transport and accommodation had been arranged.

"We stood outside the airport for seven hours, being told they were working on rooms but not much progress," Zarqa continued.

"My husband had to make arrangements for us as I was starting to become ill.

"After seven hours of no response from Thomas Cook, we had to take care of our own health."

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Other passengers told of their misery on social media.

One wrote: "300 of us now kicked out of Antalya hotels - children, elderly and disabled stranded...are we to sleep in the street? Not good enough!"

Another said: "200 people stranded outside Antalya Airport after a cancelled Thomas Cook flight to Glasgow (No. MT 111) due to an engine malfunction.

"7 hours have passed and we are still sleeping outside. Children crying. And we may only be getting home 'on Tuesday'."

A spokesman for Thomas Cook said: "Due to a technical fault our flight back to Glasgow from Antalya is delayed. Engineers are working to get the aircraft serviceable as quickly as possible.

"Hotel accommodation has been arranged for passengers while they wait."

Thomas Cook has been approached for further comment from the Evening Times.