LONDON, May 27 (Reuters) – London's Stansted airport delayed, diverted and canceled some flights after lightning struck a plane's fuel system during storms that unleashed more than 64,000 thunderclaps.
The British skies were lit by the thunderstorms overnight and there were reports of flooding and homes without electricity after torrential rains.
Stansted is the third busiest airport in London and is a key hub for low-cost airline Ryanair, which said its customers could get a full refund.
"Unfortunately, several flights at Stansted Airport have been canceled this morning due to a fault in the airport's fuel system, caused by lightning," a spokesman said.
The fuel supply system was repaired on Sunday morning, but pbadengers were warned to check before traveling and pbadengers trapped on the planes complained on Twitter that they were not given proper explanations for the delays
"The engineers have been on the site and have now restored the system, however, the flights may still be subject to deviation, delay or cancellation," Stansted said in a statement. (Reporting by Andrew MacAskill Edited by Alexander Smith)