Passengers had to be evacuated off a British Airways jet after it caught fire. Pictures taken at Copenhagen Airport in Denmark shortly after the plane touched down from London depict dramatic scenes of firefighters hosing down the aircraft. While emergency services battled the blaze, the Airbus A320-crew 232’s and passengers had to be hurriedly evacuated.
The return flight, however, had to be canceled, which frustrated passengers who were waiting to fly back to London. Social media users have posted videos of the crowded waiting area filled with passengers watching as firefighters sprayed the jet. Yesterday at 7:25 p.m. local time, shortly after the plane touched down in Copenhagen, a fire started.
There were no reported injuries. According to Danish police, an engine fire forced the evacuation of the aircraft. Police tweeted: “A passenger jet that was stopped at the gate experienced an engine fire.” The fire is out. Passengers left the plane. Nobody was hurt. For a response, BA has been contacted.
It’s the latest setback for the large airline as it deals with the summer of misery and its countless flight cancellations. Up until the end of October, the company has stated that it will cancel an additional 10,300 short-haul flights. Vacationers who plan to travel abroad over the summer holidays have been warned to prepare for the increased commotion.
By October, the airline will have already canceled 17,600 flights during the summer. Due to the recent cancellations, 13% of their summer schedule has been canceled. In order to minimize disruption, affected routes anticipate having “multiple departures a day” as well as quieter routes. Long-distance flights are unaffected.