'Terrifying' moment flight is evacuated as cabin filled with smoke
A disturbing video has gone viral on social media, showing passengers evacuating a British Airways plane after the cabin filled with smoke.
The incident allegedly took place on a flight travelling from London's Heathrow Airport to Valencia, Spain. The flight took off without incident, but when the Airbus A321 aircraft touched down on the runway, smoke started flowing into the cabin, which forced coughing crew-members and 175 passengers to slide down the emergency chute to safety.
Take a look at this video of the frightening incident below:
Three passengers were taken to hospital due to smoke inhalation. They have since been discharged.
Commenting on the frightening ordeal in an interview with BBC News, Glaswegian passenger, Gayle Fitzpatrick, who was travelling to Spain for a vacation with her spouse, stated: "There were no communications from the crew, some of which started to wear full oxygen masks and protective fire wear. People were crying and hyperventilating. It was genuinely scary."
Meanwhile, fellow passenger Rachel Jupp corroborated: "Very quickly, you couldn't see the passengers two seats down from you ... We later found out the cockpit was full of smoke and [the pilot] had a gas mask on ... We were just told to run and get as far away as we could from the plane."
BA has now apologised to the customers affected by the incident.
In an official statement to the press, the airline claimed: "In addition to our team on-site, other British Airways team members have arrived in Valencia to help our customers and our local airport partners with anything they need."
However, this isn't the first time we've written about airline accidents. Check out this article we wrote about the time a passenger on a flight accidentally opened the emergency exit instead of a toilet door.