Eight people suffered minor injuries when a Laudamotion aircraft aborted take off from Stansted and passengers had to evacuate down emergency slides.

Inbound flights were diverted to other airports following the incident at 8pm on Friday night, which a Stansted spokesman said was caused by “suspected engine failure”.

The flight to Vienna aborted take-off after passengers reportedly heard a “loud bang”, forcing the 169 people on board to escape via emergency slides.

The Airbus A320 operated by the Ryanair Austrian subsidiary carrier was removed from the runway shortly before and an inspection was undertaken before flights resumed.

The runway reopened just after 10.40pm.

Laudamotion later tweeted: “The crew of OE flight from Stansted to Vienna 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 re-accommodated onto a replacement flight.”

The airport tweeted: “Emergency service attended and all passengers were evacuated from the aircraft as a precaution.”