Eight people were injured after a flight was aborted at Stansted Airport when a “big bang” rocked the cabin.
All flights were grounded for around three hours on Friday after a Laudamotion plane suffered engine failure.
An airport spokesperson said the incident on the Airbus A320 plane, which was bound for Vienna, happened shortly after 8pm.
Passenger Thomas Steer said after around 15 seconds of acceleration there was a “big bang on the side of the aircraft which skidded to a stop”.
The estate agent, 24, from Essex, 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.”
Chiara Nardi, 28, told Sky News she noticed an orange flashing light appear on the left-hand side of the jet.
She said: “No one was screaming, we were just looking around.
“After a few seconds the crew asked us to evacuate the plane so they opened the doors. The emergency slide opened and I jumped on.”
She said she had never flown with the airline before and was not sure she would again.
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 diverted to other airports during the disruption.
A an airport spokesman said that all passengers were safely evacuated and crews worked to clear the runway.
The spokesperson added he received reports eight people suffered minor injuries.
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.
— Laudamotion (@Laudamotion1) 1 March 2019
The Air Investigations Branch said it was sending a team to investigate.
Stansted Airport tweeted shortly before 11pm: “Our runway has now reopened 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.”
A statement posted on the Essex airport’s Twitter account confirmed the flight had abandoned its take-off following a “suspected engine problem”.
Airline Laudamotion said passengers were evacuated as a “precautionary measure” and taken to the airport terminal by bus.
It confirmed that replacement flights would be arranged.
Delayed passengers posted images on social media showing blue flashing lights on the runway and people evacuating using emergency slides.
Flights to Stansted were diverted to other airports.