A plane departing from London City Airport was grounded after a protester climbed onto its roof as part of wider climate change demonstrations.
Happening on the fourth day of the Extinction Rebellion demonstrations, it was revealed the man involved in the grounding was former Paralympic cyclist James Brown. The vision impaired cyclist for the GB team was identified on a video he shared to Facebook.
Brown who was able to get access to the runway, climbed aboard the fuselage of the flight to Amsterdam and refused to move.
Livestreaming the event to a facebook page associated with the activist group, he announced his intentions to delay the flight.
"I hate heights, I'm sh*****g myself," he said.
However the athlete and former competitor at the London 2012 games was able to get on top of the plane, in spite of fears.
He remained there until runway firefighters were able to safely remove him from his position.
However, not before he was able to broadcast his message:
"This is all about the climate and ecological crisis. We're protesting against government inaction on climate and ecological breakdown. They declare a climate emergency then do nothing about it," he said in a recording that has been seen almost 70,000 times.
In a separate incident on a flight to Dublin, BBC politics editor Nicholas Watt tweeted that his plane was grounded while an activist stood up and lectured passengers while the crew were preparing for take-off.
"Air travel is an icon of our fragile 'just in time' economic system," said a spokesperson for the group, Rupert Read in a statement to Reuters.
"That system will break, as Climate Chaos hits."
So far more than 500 protesters have been arrested as part of demonstrations across the city.
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