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Stansted Airport chaos as passengers left stuck on planes due to lack of fuel

Stansted Airport in chaos after lightning strike on ramp

2018 05 27

2018 05 27

By James Rodger

 

Stansted Airport passengers are reporting flight chaos after a lightning strike knocked out the aircraft refuelling system.

It is currently unclear how long the problems will last for, but reports suggest engineers are currently fighting to get the airport fully operational.

A spokesperson for the airport said: "Due to a lightning strike, the aircraft fuelling system is currently unavailable. Engineers are currently on site working to resolve the issue but flights are subject to diversion, delay or cancellation. We apologise for the inconvenience and advise all passengers to check with their airlines for their latest flight updates. Further updates will be provided when additional information is available."

Fuming passengers took to social media to have their say.

"Appalling to load passengers onto planes knowing they cannot take off," one wrote on Twitter.

"Daughter now stuck on plane with no food or drink and no idea how long for. "Cynical way of clearing departure lounge. Disgraceful."

Another unhappy customer wrote: "Plane getting hot and stuffy as we wait for fuel as Stansted Airport fuel system broken."

Only four flights are airbourne today from the 50 listed to depart before 8.15am.

There are now 12 cancellations listed before 12.15pm.

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