Stansted flights suspended after aborted take off

INCIDENT ON RUNWAY: Flight Alerts say that flights inbound to London Stansted are currently diverting. File image

INCIDENT ON RUNWAY: Flight Alerts say that flights inbound to London Stansted are currently diverting. File image

The incident happened shortly after 8pm and all passengers on the Laudamotion flight bound for Vienna were safely evacuated.

One passenger, Sam Long, said on Twitter that those on board heard a "loud bang" as the plane began to accelerate before take-off.

He said: "It was scary. And then staff shouting 'evacuate evacuate".

The 24-year-old said: "My friend opened the emergency exit and we slid down the slides, a few old people fell over and the fire brigade treated them".

'No-one was seriously injured just minor things'.

All flights were grounded for around three hours while the passengers were rescued, according to Sky News.

The airline tweeted that the crew "decided to abort the take off due to engine issues and to disembark the passengers on the runway as a precautionary measure".

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In a statement given at 10.43pm, Stansted Airport said the runway was "re-opened and fully operational".

The Air Accident Investigations Branch (AAIB) has confirmed it is sending a team to Stansted Airport.

Pictures from the scene show the emergency slides deployed.

Flights are expected to be severely delayed for the rest of the night.

Passengers were evacuated from the aircraft and all flights were suspended as emergency services investigated.

Airline Laudamotion tweeted: "The crew of OE flight from Stansted to Vienna (1.3.) chose to abort the take off due to engine issues and to disembark the passengers on the runway as a precautionary measure".

Flights soon resumed after the aircraft was returned to the terminal.

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