Blind paralympian climbs onto plane as Extinction Rebellion protesters 'shut down' London airport

A blind paralympian has grounded a flight at London City Airport after climbing onto a plane as part of Extinction Rebellion protests.

James Brown, a 43-year-old former cyclist, climbed onto the roof of the plane on Thursday afternoon.

Once he was in place at the top of the plane, the partially sighted man began to film himself.

His video was streamed on the Extinction Rebellion Facebook page.

"Here I am on top of a f***ing aeroplane at City Airport," he told the camera.

"I hate heights, I'm shitting myself."

Despite his fear, Brown stood by 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."

After airport staff failed to remove him, security and three firefighters were called in, Metro reports. 

He was eventually removed from the roof.

Brown competed in the 2012 Paralympics where he brought home a bronze medal. He was banned in 2016 for a doping violation.

Extinction Rebellion protesters began their three-day occupation of London City Airport on Thursday morning.

Its members intend to "peacefully occupy and shut down" the terminal in protest of plans to extend the airport.

"Air travel is an icon of our fragile 'just in time' economic system," said Extinction Rebellion spokesperson Rupert Read in a statement to Reuters.

"That system will break, as Climate Chaos hits."

More than 500 protesters have been arrested in London during the organisation's week of action.