All flights were grounded Friday evening after a Laudamotion flight carrying 175 passengers headed for Vienna suffered an engine failure during take-off.
The Captain aborted the take-off when a loud bang was heard on aircraft, the plane came to a screeching halt and passengers were evacuated down emergency slides.
Evacuated form Laudamotion flight that was heading to Vienna. Big bang and flames on engine. Everyone is ok! #laudamotion #StanstedAirport pic.twitter.com/c1vNfiPMdg
— Toni Barta (@bartatoni) March 1, 2019
Passengers reported hearing a “big bang” and a spokesperson said, the incident happened on a “Airbus A320 shortly after 8pm.”
No flights in or out at Stansted due to ‘incident on the runway’. Emergency vehicles flashing their lights in the distance #stanstedairport pic.twitter.com/NKNVl4pNwh
— HCOJ (@hcoj__) March 1, 2019
Air traffic control closed the airport for three hours and flights were diverted to other airports, thousands of passengers had their flights delayed.
Thomas Steer, a passenger said after around 15 seconds of acceleration there was a “big bang on the side of the aircraft which skidded to a stop.”
The estate agent, 24, from Essex said, “It was scary. And then staff shouting ‘evacuate evacuate’.
“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.”
Laudamotion airline said on Twitter, “The crew of OE flight from Stansted to Vienna 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 re-accommodated onto a replacement flight.”
Stansted Airport said on Twitter shortly before 11pm,”Our runway has now reopened and is fully operational.
“We are extremely sorry for the disruption caused by the incident, but our first priority is always the safety of the passengers and staff.”
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