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 Dramatic images as protestors storm the streets of Skopje Wed, March 22, 2017
Tens of thousands of demonstrators gathered in Macedonia's capital, Skopje, Tuesday to protest a visit by a European Union envoy who is trying to break the political deadlock that has left the country without a government for three months
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A protestor makes their EU views known
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.”
The protestors can be seen lying on the ground in front of the plane
Both charter and commerical flights are routinely used to deport asylum seekers.
A Freedom of Information request by Express.co.uk found that a total of 9,341 failed asylum seekers were deported using scheduled commercial flights run by budget airlines such as EasyJet between January and October last year.
In 2015, a staggering 10,598 failed asylum seekers were deported this way, according to Home Office figures.
In comparison, the number of failed asylum seekers deported on private, scheduled flights last year was just 1,289, with the figure at 1,877 in 2015.
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