AIR passengers were left terrified after seeing their plane’s cabin fill with thick smoke moments after taking off, The Sun reports. Several people were also injured during a stampede to evacuate the aircraft when it performed an emergency landing.
The Jet Airways flight had just taken off from Bengaluru — formerly known as Bangalore — in southern India when the alarm was raised. Crew had to deploy oxygen masks for the plane’s 65 passengers as the cabin filled with smoke.
When pilots managed to turn the plane around and land again, the rush of passengers trying to escape the nightmare led to some being injured. However, an airport spokesman insisted the passengers were evacuated “safely”.
“With the help of the aircraft rescue and firefighting team, all passengers on board the aircraft were evacuated safely”, he said. The runway at Kempegowda International Airport was closed for 20 minutes as a result of the chaos, leading to delays for both departures and arrivals.
Passengers of the horror flight were put on the next plane to Mangaluru — the destination of their original journey. An investigation has now been launched into the incident, with India’s Director General of Civil Aviation being informed.
Jet Airways — India’s second largest airline — has promised to co-operate with the probe.