Lightning strike causes delays at Stansted Airport

Stansted says that engineers have fixed the problem Picture: WILL LODGE

Stansted says that engineers have fixed the problem Picture: WILL LODGE - Credit: Archant

Flights from Stansted Airport have been disrupted after the aircraft fuelling system was damaged by a lightning strike earlier this morning.

In a statement Stansted Airport said that although the system was up and running that there could still be delays.

A statement from the airport read: “Due to an earlier lightning strike, the aircraft fuelling system was unavailable for a period this morning.

“Engineers have been on site and have now restored the system, however flights may still be 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.”


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Ryanair could not say how many of its flights had been affected, and said customers can get a full refund or free transfer.

A number of passengers wrote on social media that they had been sat on aircraft waiting and unable to leave.

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“A number of flights have regrettably been cancelled at Stansted Airport this morning due to an earlier airport fuelling system failure, caused by a lightning strike,” a spokesman said.

“All affected customers are being contacted and advised of their options of a full refund, a free transfer on to the next available flight or a free transfer on to an alternative routing.

“We apologise to all customers affected by these disruptions, which are entirely beyond our control.”

Check Stansted’s live departures here.

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