Demonstrators are lying on the ground, blocking the plane from take-off
The plane, which was due to take asylum seekers to Nigeria and Ghana, has been blocked from leaving the airport after a group of protesters stormed the runway.
All flights due to land at Stansted are now circling the airport waiting to land, or have been diverted to nearby Luton Airport, according to FlightRadar24.
The protest group 'End Deportations' posted pictures of the demonstration on social media
The group, made up of demonstrators from organisations known as ‘End Deportations’, ‘Lesbians and Gays Support the Migrants’ and ‘Plane Stupid’, appear to by lying on the ground in front of the plane.
The protestors were reportedly heard shouting: "No borders, no nations, stop deportations.”
A spokesman for Stansted Airport confirmed the demonstration was taking place on a private runway, rather than the main commercial landing strip.
Air traffic tracker FlightRadar24 tweeted to confirm some planes were unable to land
He added: "Flights are currently suspended but there have not been any affected at the moment as it is a quiet period.
"The police have contained whatever the protest is and they are just carrying out further inspections. We hope to resume operations fairly shortly."
Aviation analyst Alex Machetes tweeted: “Once again, protesters have proved they can illegally access airside area of a London airport very easily. Very concerning.”
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