I was there when it landed. Takeoffs had recently switched to the second runway when they suddenly switched back again and the fire service came out with a tug in attendance as well. I overheard somebody mention an A320 was inbound with hydraulic problems. It came in low over the runway, looked slower than usual and almost seemed to silently float before plonking down. The whole place went eerily quiet and sirens could be heard in the distance. It stopped on the runway and didn't move. At that point I left and drove past a good few arriving emergency vehicles.
I was surprised there wasn't any mention of it in the press, or even on here. I posted about it in the Manchester airport section but got no replies so perhaps it is a common occurrance?
Certainly looked a bit serious and I imagine the pax onboard would have been a tad concerned.
Well done to the crew involved, the landing looked very professional and well rehearsed.
Although many incidents tend to be dramatised by the press I don't think this would have made much news to be honest. Plus there are more incidents such as this over the course of a year than one realises.
As for passengers, theres a good chance that this was a "precautionary landing" and that they probably weren't told there was an issue. I was once operating a flight with an hydraulic issue (though we were able to taxi to stand) and the passengers weren't told but the cabin crew prepared for a "precautionary landing".