Passengers’ terror as smoke halts jet take-off

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Holidaymakers forced to flee a plane shortly before take-off after smoke was spotted in the cabin have spoken of their terror.

Passengers said the pilot on the Spain-bound Jet2 aircraft at Glasgow Airport slammed on the brakes before they were evacuated from the plane using inflatable chutes.

The incident happened on a 737 plane destined for Alicante at about 7.40am yesterday.

Strathclyde Police said five people were taken to the Royal Alexandra Hospital in Paisley and a further 15 were treated at the scene. No one is understood to have been seriously injured.

Passenger Jean Walker said some people had to jump from the aircraft wing to the ground.

She said: “It was terrifying.

“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.

“Other people got hurt coming down the chutes – they were inflated, but the hostesses were just shouting ‘Jump, jump’ and people were just banging into each other at the bottom, and about four people were taken to hospital.”

Her husband Gordon Walker said: “It all happened really quick and I’ve never seen anything like it.”

Glasgow Airport said flights were suspended until 10am following the incident, but the runway has since reopened.