Flights at Stansted Airport have been grounded due to an incident on the runway.

Passengers have described seeing emergency services after a “loud bang” was reportedly heard on a flight heading to Vienna.


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  • UPDATE 6 London Stansted Airport is now open – operations are resuming – flight #PC1163 is the first to land – flight #FR5998 the first to takeoff following Lauda A320 incident on runway.
  • UPDATE 5 Several flights to London Stansted are in holding patterns, runway to reopen shortly.
  • UPDATE 4 Inspection of the runway is underway prior to resume operations.
  • UPDATE 3 The Airbus A320 involved in the incident is currently being removed from the runway.
  • UPDATE 2 15 flights are still airborne to London Stansted.
  • UPDATE 1 All flights to London Stansted are diverting to Birmingham and Southend airports.

Loud bang have been heard as plane began to accelerate and take off.

The A320 (reg. OE-LOA) decelerated and passengers have been evacuated using emergency slides.

The aircraft was performing flight #OE327 from London Stansted to Vienna.

Passengers have been taken back to the terminal.

Stansted Airport statement:
“Flights at London Stansted Aiport are currently suspended due to an aircraft on the runway following an aborted take off due to a suspected engine problem.”

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