Friday 23 February 2018

Terror as holiday plane evacuated on runway

Jane Goodwin Glasgow

Holidaymakers forced to flee a plane just before take-off after smoke was spotted in the cabin have spoken of their terror.

Passengers said the pilot of the Spain-bound Jet2 737 aircraft at Glasgow Airport hit the brakes before they were evacuated using inflatable chutes.

Five people were taken to hospital and 15 were treated at the scene. No one is believed to have been seriously injured.

Passenger Jean Walker said some people had to jump from the aircraft wing to the ground.

"It was terrifying. We were about to take off and the plane started shuddering and there were lights flashing and smoke and the crew started shouting: 'Get out, get out.'

"There were about eight or 10 of us on the wing [but] there was no chute. Two girls jumped off the wing on to the ground."

Her husband Gordon said: "The stewardesses were panicking and shouting (at) people to go one way, then the other."

Irish Independent

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