A pilot allowed an elderly couple to get off a plane moments before take-off so they could visit their dying grandson in a hospital.

The couple received a received a text message about their relative's condition, while on board the Etihad Airways plane bound for Abu Dhabi.

When they received the text message, the plane was already taxiing towards a runway at Manchester Airport.

However, when the couple told the crew, the pilot immediately turned the plane around and headed back to the gate.

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The airline even arranged for their luggage to be picked up and for a car couple, so the couple were able to rush to their grandson's bedside.

Their grandson died later that same night.

The couple's travel agent, Becky Stephenson, told the BBC: "I've been in the travel business for 25 years and never heard of this happening."

She added: "My customers were so grateful that staff were very helpful and they were taken care of."