British Airways flight makes emergency landing in Valencia

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Passengers evacuate the stricken Airbus A321 at Valencia airport. Credit: Facebook / Spectrum FM


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British Airways flight BA422 from Heathrow had to make an emergency landing in Valencia yesterday as smoke filled the cabin, leaving travellers onboard terrified.

Videos have emerged online of the cabin of the Airbus A321 filled with cloud of grey smoke.

Valencian daily newspaper, Las Provincias reported that Spanish emergency services and airport operator AENA confirmed an alarm call from the flight as it approached Valencia Manises airport.

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According to sources the crew made the alarm call, stating “engine on fire” to ground staff who scrambled emergency equipment to greet the stricken aircraft.

As the aircraft landed, emergency escape chutes were deployed and passengers evacuated to safety.

No one was seriously injured on the flight however nearly 20 had to be treated for minor friction burns, smoke inhalation and panic attacks.

Mrs Brown, an associate dean at London College of Communication, said: “They were struggling to open the emergency doors because they were that stiff. Air hostesses were trying to communicate but you couldn’t see anything.

 

“It happened suddenly, about ten minutes before we were due to land. The plane was pretty full too, with lots of families and young children. My kids were in tears.”


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