Skip to comments.Passengers flee 747 after smoke fills cabin
Posted on 07/11/2009 3:39:26 AM PDT by rdl6989
PHOENIX - Hundreds of passengers aboard a British Airways Boeing 747 preparing to depart for London from the Phoenix airport were forced to use slides to evacuate the jet on Friday night after fumes filled the cabin.
No serious injuries were reported among the 298 passengers and 18 crew when the incident occurred at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport at about 8 p.m. Arizona time (11 p.m. EDT), Phoenix Fire Department Capt. Shelly Jamison said.
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.
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The amount of people who were fishing around for luggage to bring off was frightening. It was alarming, added Ken Porter, a passenger from England. There were people around us who had luggage with them. It was bad.
QA ispecter Mr.Magoo can’t understand what is causing smoke to fill cabin.
Can somebody explain to me why British Airways needs to fly a 747 out of Phoenix?
Perhaps they realized they could sell more tickets to business class types and even turn a profit that way, compared to using refurbed, five-across MD-80s.
The plane was headed for London
And you fly what you have....
Phoenix is a large hub for many US airlines, which gives British Airways a big opportunity to connect passengers to Europe via code-sharing arrangements.
A 747 has sufficient range to fly direct to London, loaded with passengers. This is the kind of flight that the 747 was designed for.
Because my ex stepmother lives there. People found out about it, and had to leave quickly. And in large numbers.