Some Passengers Forced to Jump Off Wing to Get Off Smoking Jet2 737
A Jet2 plane preparing to fly to Alicante (Spain) this morning had to reject its takeoff when smoke started to fill the cabin forcing an evacuation. 20 passengers were hurt in the process of exiting the aircraft via the plane’s emergency slides.
“We were accelerating very, very hard down the runway at this stage and I was about to scream out to the cabin crew when obviously the pilot realised there was something wrong and he immediately throttled the engines back and put the brakes on”, said passenger Graham Divers.
“It’s the hardest braking I’ve ever experienced in my life.”
Passengers exited the plane on the emergency chutes where the 20 were injured at approximately 7:40 AM.
2 passengers actually had to jump off the wing according to fellow flyers when they discovered no emergency slides where they were located.
Passenger Jean Walker:
“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’.
“We were sitting at the wing and the girl opened the door and we went out on the wing, but there wasn’t a chute there.
“There were about eight or 10 of us on the wing and I was saying people couldn’t come out because there was no chute.
“Two girls jumped off the wing on to the ground. They were OK.
In all, 5 people were taken to local hospitals and the other 15 received medical treatment at the scene. None of the injuries are life-threatening.
Five flights were cancelled as a result of the 737 sitting on the runway and 14 were delayed.
A Strathclyde Police spokeswoman said: “We are currently dealing with an ongoing incident at Glasgow Airport involving a 737 aircraft following reports of smoke within the cabin.
“Emergency services are in attendance and the passengers have been evacuated as a precaution.
“Inquiries are ongoing.”