Stansted Airport closes runway as plane aborts takeoff due to 'huge bang'


Passengers on a flight at Stansted Airport have described the terrifying moment they heard a “huge bang” seconds before their plane aborted a takeoff.

The runway at the Essex transport hub was closed shortly after the dramatic incident at 8.10pm on Friday, forcing all flights to be grounded.

One man who was on board described the plane skidding to a stop on the tarmac after a bang rocked the cabin.

Passengers were then forced to escape the aircraft via inflatable slides.

Thomas Steer was also on the Vienna-bound Lauda Air flight when the “scary” episode unfolded.

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.”

A spokesman for London Stansted Airport said the botched takeoff was due to a “suspected engine problem”.

The fire service were sent to assist the evacuation but no-one is believed to have been injured. 

The spokesman added: “There is nothing to suggest there is anything untoward that has happened beside the fact the pilot’s taken the decision to abort the take-off.”


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