Stansted Airport staff ‘screamed at passengers to jump’ as ‘explosion’ injures 8 and aborts take-off

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TERRIFIED passengers were screamed at by Stansted staff to “jump” after a plane dramatically aborted take-off – leaving eight people injured.

The plane came “skidding to a stop” following the suspected engine fault at about 8.30pm on Friday.

Stunned passengers watch on after being evacuated from the Lauda Air flight at around 8.30pm on Friday
Twitter/Chiara Nardi

Passengers on board were forced to hurl themselves down emergency slides clutching their hand luggage after the “explosion”.

Some heard a “loud bang” before “screaming cabin crew” told the 169 travellers to evacuate the Vienna-bound Lauda Air flight.

Others claimed they saw “flames and sparks” coming from the plane as the horror unfolded last night.

Anja Kohlfurst told Mirror Online: “They were just screaming evacuate and jump and pushing people to the slides.

‘EVERYONE WAS PANICKING’

“We were just hearing a bang and we saw something that looked like a explosion.

“After sliding out, we were just standing on the field and everyone was panicking.”

Thomas Steer was evacuated using inflatable slides along with fellow passengers.

The estate agent, 24, from Essex, said it had been accelerating for around 15 seconds before there was a “big bang on the side of the aircraft which skidded to a stop”.

He 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.”

Jana told how the flight attendants were “panicked” and “pretty much caused chaos themselves”.

She added: “We had to basically jump from the plane onto the slide down this 10m drop.”

Another tweeted: “Mid take off at Stansted, our plane had a huge bang, skidded to a stop and all had to evacuate down the slides, with my friend opening the emergency door. A scary experience for sure.”

He added: “Cabin crew screaming evacuate and all had to slide down the slides.”

PLANE EVACUATED

An airport spokesman confirmed they had received reports that eight people were left with minor injuries.

They explained the plane had a suspected engine problem and all passengers were safely evacuated and taken to the terminal.

The Air Accidents Investigation Branch said it was sending a team to investigate

Shortly before 11pm, Stansted tweeted: “Our runway has now re-opened 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.”

FLIGHTS DIVERTED

Images posted to social media by delayed passengers showed several people standing on grass by the runway as emergency service crews and flashing lights surrounded the plane.

Earlier, the airport added: “Emergency service attended and all passengers were evacuated from the aircraft as a precaution and have now been taken back to the terminal.”

Images posted to social media by delayed passengers showed several people standing on grass by the runway as emergency service crews and flashing lights surrounded the plane.

Flights to Stansted were being diverted to other airports – affecting thousands of passengers.

Stansted later tweeted: “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’re working closely with our airlines to ensure affected passengers are looked after.”

Laudamotion, the airline’s official name, later tweeted: “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.”

The packed plane – which was bound for Vienna – dramatically skidded to a halt on the runway
Emergency services on the runway at Stansted following the evacuation
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