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London City Airport evacuated and flights suspended leaving passengers stranded on runway

Mirror logo Mirror 16/05/2018 Tom Davidson

a group of people standing in front of a large crowd of people: Credits: Twitter © Provided by Trinity Mirror Plc Credits: Twitter London City Airport was evacuated with flights suspended and dozens of passengers left stranded on the runway. 

Fire crews were called to investigate the report and one engine was pictured on the tarmac.

All flights were suspended during the alarm and delays are now likely, a spokesman for the airport has warned.

He added efforts were being made to have service back to normal "as soon as possible".

a group of people standing in front of a crowd: Credits: @MedemaRene/Twitter © Provided by Trinity Mirror Plc Credits: @MedemaRene/Twitter However, the backlog could take a while to clear due to the size of the single-terminal airport.

Passenger Kate Pullinger tweeted: "However now London City Airport is being evacuated due to fire alarm so they aren’t letting us off the plane. Tin can rattling violently."

She then added: "Please let us off this plane soon."

a large crowd of people standing around a plane: Credits: @MedemaRene/Twitter © Provided by Trinity Mirror Plc Credits: @MedemaRene/Twitter It is thought the alarm was activated at roughly 6.45pm and fire crews were called.

It has now been established to have been a false alarm due to a concession, the London City Airport spokesman said.

The airport tweeted at 8pm: "Flights resumed at 7.20pm following the fire alarm. 

a group of people standing around a plane: Credits: @pumpkinthrower/Twitter © Provided by Trinity Mirror Plc Credits: @pumpkinthrower/Twitter "For passengers that remain in the queue to re-enter – we have opened as many security lanes as possible to get passengers through as quickly as possible. Thank you again for your patience."

a group of people walking down the street: Credits: @pumpkinthrower/Twitter © Provided by Trinity Mirror Plc Credits: @pumpkinthrower/Twitter Flights coming into the airport were in a holding pattern while the alarm was investigated, according to plane website FlightRadar. 

Tim Dungate tweeted at 7.30pm: "Our plane is languishing on the tarmac at Rotterdam, as London City Airport is not accepting any incoming flights after a fire alert."

Anyone with flights from the airport this evening are advised to check with their airline regarding delays. 

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