What is the situation at Stansted Airport?
Stansted Airport travellers face huge disruptions tonight after all flights were cancelled.
The London transport hub took to its Twitter page to confirm the cancellations after an aircraft was said to have “caught on fire” after take off.
The Laudamotion plane is now blocking the runway after passengers were evacuated using the emergency slides at around 8pm.
What has the airport said about the disruption?
Stansted Airport issued an initial message on its Twitter page after the incident, which read: “Flights at @STN_Airport are currently suspended due to an aircraft on the runway following an aborted take off due to a suspected engine problem.
“We will post further updates as soon as they become available. Thank you.”
It then followed up with an update less than an hour later, and added: “The aircraft has now been removed from the runway and a full inspection is underway.
“All flights will resume as soon as it is safe to do so.
“The safety of our passengers is always our top priority and we are working closely with our airlines to ensure affected passengers are looked after.”
Meanwhile, a spokesperson for Laudamotion posted on its account: “The crew of OE flight from Stansted to Vienna(1.3.) decided to abort the take off due to engine issues and to disembark the passengers on the runway as a precautionary measure.
“Passengers were transferred to the terminal by bus and will be reaccommodated onto a replacement flight.”
What did passengers say about the Stansted incident?
Passengers on board the Airbus A320 reported hearing a loud bang before the aircraft came screeching to a halt.
One terrified passenger said the plane, which was bound for Vienna, had “caught on fire” while taking off.
Another said there had been an “explosion on one of the wings”.
Passengers were evacuated using the emergency slides before being taken back to the airport terminal.
Why did Stansted Airport suffer more bad news last month?
London’s third largest airport was voted the worst for customer service in a recent poll.
AirHelp surveyed 1,000 UK travellers aged between 16 to 86, exclusively for Express.co.uk, on specific details based on airport service.
They ranked these on a scale of one to five, with one being poor and five very good.
Out of the eight shortlisted airports, London Stansted fared the worst.
The hub scored a total 3.85 out of five, which may not seem too bad, but it was poor enough to place it bottom of the pile.