LONDON – A Laudamotion aircraft, OE-LOA has been evacuated at London Stansted Airport (ICAO: EGSS, IATA: STN), due to a ‘loud bang’ on the right side of the aircraft.
Aircraft have been diverting to London Luton, London Gatwick and Birmingham airports, with Ryanair being the worst affected airline given their presence at STN.
The aircraft, OE-LOA, an Airbus A320, itself has only been with Laudamotion since December 2018, having previously been with Garuda Citilink as PK-GLH and All Nippon Airways as JA206A, the latter being the original operator for the frame.
UPS235 from EWR was headed towards Germany to divert, however, it turned around over Belgium turned around and is headed back towards STN, with the airport due to open again by 2200 GMT.
The airport has released a statement following the incident.
“Flights at London Stansted Airport are currently suspended due to an aircraft on the runway following an aborted take-off due to a suspected engine problem. Emergency service attended and all passengers were evacuated from the aircraft as a precaution and have now been taken back to the terminal”.
This is a developing story!