Take-off halted amid smoke on plane

23 October 2012 09:34

A Jet2 aircraft had to be evacuated after smoke was spotted in the cabin at Glasgow Airport

A Jet2 aircraft had to be evacuated after smoke was spotted in the cabin at Glasgow Airport

Holidaymakers found a trip away delayed amid dramatic scenes as smoke was discovered in an aeroplane just as it was about to take off. The incident led to all those on board being evacuated via inflatable chutes.

Passengers had been looking forward to the autumn break in Spain, with the flight to Alicante offering the chance to escape the colder weather and darker days in Britain. At least for those with travel insurance the trauma of the event will not be compounded by extra bills resulting from the incident. Their insurance policy should help cover any extra costs that may have arisen due to delays to their travel plans when the flight from Glasgow Airport was halted.

Passengers said the pilot on the Jet2 aircraft slammed on the brakes before take-off as the problem became clear. Although five people were taken to hospital, no one is understood to have been seriously injured. Jet2 managing director Ian Doubtfire said he had talked to the crew extensively about what happened and they said that the exit from the aeroplane was "textbook".

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