Stansted Airport closes as passenger jet is evacuated

Stansted Airport closes runway as passenger jet is evacuated after coming to a 'screeching halt' moments before take off The Laudamotion A320 jet was on the runway about to take off at Stansted Passengers claimed they heard a loud bang on one side of the aircraft  The jet screeched to a halt before cabin crew ordered them to evacuate  The passengers used the emergency slides to evacuate the Airbus aircraft

By Darren Boyle for MailOnline

Published: 20:59 GMT, 1 March 2019 | Updated: 21:30 GMT, 1 March 2019

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A Laudamotion passenger jet has been evacuated on the runway at Stansted Airport after the captain aborted its take off. 

It is understood the aircraft suffered an engine failure moments before it was due to lift off en-route to Vienna. 

The Airbus A320 jet screeched to a halt. Passengers on board the aircraft were evacuated down emergency slides, forcing Air Traffic Controllers to halt all departures and arrivals. 

The Airbus A-320 Laudamotion jet, pictured, was evacuated on the runway at Stansted this evening after a suspected engine failure forced the pilot to abort the take off

The Airbus A-320 Laudamotion jet, pictured, was evacuated on the runway at Stansted this evening after a suspected engine failure forced the pilot to abort the take off

Passengers were evacuated from the aircraft down the emergency slides and taken away from the jet on buses to the terminal building

Passengers were evacuated from the aircraft down the emergency slides and taken away from the jet on buses to the terminal building

A Laudamotion passenger jet has been evacuated on the runway at Stansted Airport after the captain aborted its take off

A Laudamotion passenger jet has been evacuated on the runway at Stansted Airport after the captain aborted its take off

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