Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 18 August 2019

British Airways flight evacuated as smoke floods cabin

One passenger says the ‘terrifying’ experience was like a horror film

British Airways said the incident was caused by a technical issue. AP
British Airways said the incident was caused by a technical issue. AP

A British Airways flight was forced to evacuate after smoke flooded the cabin on its landing approach into Valencia in Spain, with officials blaming a "technical issue".

There were 175 customers on-board and three were taken to hospital but have since been discharged.

One passenger, Lucy Brown, said it was a “terrifying experience” that felt like a "horror film". She tweeted: “Thankfully everyone safe. Flight filled with smoke and had to be evacuated.”

Passengers were evacuated via inflatable chutes with emergency services on hand.

Another customer, Gayle Fitzpatrick, said smoke began to flood the cabin in the last 10 minutes of the flight.

“Flight BA422 from Heathrow to Valencia experienced a technical issue on its landing approach into Valencia. All our customers were evacuated safely by our crew and met by the airport's emergency services,” British Airways said.

“There were 175 customers on board the flight, with six cabin crew and two pilots. Three customers were taken to hospital as a precaution and have since been discharged.

“The safety of our customers and crew is always our highest priority. 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,” the airline said.

Updated: August 6, 2019 12:40 PM

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