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Aborted take-off closes Stansted Airport's runway as aircraft suffers engine problem

Laudamotion flights to Vienna launch at Stansted Airport. (7544847)
Laudamotion flights to Vienna launch at Stansted Airport. (7544847)

An aborted take-off by a Laudamotion flight from Stansted to Vienna closed the Essex airport’s runway for almost two and a half hours on Friday night (March 1).

The A320 bound for the Austrian capital, with 169 passengers onboard plus six crew, had a suspected engine problem.

Emergency services attended and all travellers were evacuated from the aircraft as a precaution.

A spokesman for Stansted Airport said eight minor injuries sustained during the evacuation, two requiring hospital treatment.

The runway closed just after 8pm and re-opened for operations at 10.30pm. During that time 13 inbound flights were affected – seven Ryanair, four easyJet, one Pegasus and one Air Moldova.

Of these, ten offloaded at the receiving airport with passengers either bussed back to Stansted or making their way home direct. Three - all Ryanair - returned to Stansted with their passengers. Two departures – easyJet to Glasgow and Belfast - were cancelled and a normal flight schedule operated on Saturday.

The Laudamotion aircraft affected was taken to a stand for inspection while a replacement operated the Vienna flight overnight.

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