Three people have been treated for smoke inhalation after smoke started billowing through the cabin of a British Airways flight, shortly before landing in Spain.
Footage captured by one of the passengers showed the moments when the smoke filled the cabin forcing the flight from London Heathrow to Valencia Spain to make an emergency landing.
It is understood that the incident had taken place only ten minutes before landing, which resulted in passengers having to be evacuated via the inflatable emergency slides.
Around half a dozen more were treated for slight injuries caused by the slides.
#BritishAirways #Valencia #EmergencyLanding Still waiting to hear what actually happened on our British Airways flight from LHR to Valencia in which our cabin filled with smoke in the last 10 minutes of flight, had to disembark via emergency chutes. No comms 60 mins and counting! pic.twitter.com/UywuesxHeC
— Gayle Fitzpatrick (@gaylem1978) August 5, 2019
Speaking to the media, Fitzpatrick who was on holiday with her husband explained that, ‘It was very scary. The flight was just ending, and with 10 minutes to go, it started descending rapidly as smoke started to fill the cabin … A detector was going off saying the cabin was filling with smoke … There were no communications from the crew, who started to wear full oxygen masks and protective fire wear … Eventually they managed to open the emergency doors and told us to go down the chutes. There were fire engines waiting and then we were all ushered into a bus to the airport.’
Following their escape from the plane, passengers have been complaining about the lack of information they have received.
According to a subsequent twitter post from Gayle Fitzpatrick, they were, ‘Still waiting to hear what actually happened on our British Airways flight from LHR to Valencia in which our cabin filled with smoke in the last 10 minutes of flight, had to disembark via emergency chutes. No comms 60 mins and counting!’
She added that passengers were left almost 5 hours in the baggage area with or no information or preparedness for such an incident.
British Airways said in a statement that, ‘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.’
They added that, ‘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.’