Hundreds of passengers evacuated from 747 at Phoenix airport

July 11, 2009 09:07

Hundreds of British Airways passengers used slides to evacuate a Boeing 747 jet preparing to depart for London from the Phoenix airport on Friday night, after fumes filled the cabin. About 15 people who were on board Flight 288 were evaluated for minor scrapes and bruises, but only one person was taken to a hospital with shoulder pain. Phoenix Fire Department Capt. Shelly Jamison said no serious injuries were reported among the 298 passengers and 18 crew when the incident occurred at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport. The jumbo jet had just pushed back from the gate when smoke was reported in the cabin, Jamison said. When fire crews arrived minutes later, the passengers and crew had already used escape slides to leave the jet and were on the tarmac next to the terminal.

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