A DELTA Airlines plane has been evacuated after the cabin was filled with smoke, sending terrified passengers rushing for the exit in Madrid just before the flight for New York took off.
Video footage, filmed by one of the passengers, shows tourists leaving their seats in panic as a member of staff can be heard instructing everyone to evacuate the aircraft.
The terrifying ordeal caused the flight to be delayed by more than two hours[/caption]
Footage shows tourists leaving their seats in panic as a member of staff can be heard instructing everyone to evacuate the aircraft[/caption]
The ordeal caused the flight to be delayed by more than two hours, according to FlightAware.
Rocco Govas, who filmed this video, said: “They waited to see what it was until they let us out of the plane. I have not stopped coughing.”
Delta tweeted that its maintenance teams were working to resolve the issue.
Rocco added: “There was smoke in the back, and it started spreading everywhere.
“The Delta crew told us to wait, then told us to get our stuff and 5 minutes later the captain said to leave everything behind and to leave the plane right away.
“I’m still in Madrid. They don’t know what has happened to the plane or that’s what they are saying.
“Some people are getting rebooked. Somehow I tried to get on another flight but they can’t do mine yet.
“They have not said anything else after that and provided us with water and chips.”
There was smoke in the back, and it started spreading everywhere
Last month, four British Airways crew members were taken to hospital after a jet was filled with smoke at 30,000ft.
The plane, flying from Bari, Italy, to Gatwick, was forced to make an emergency landing in Basle, Switzerland.
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All 165 passengers were evacuated safely from the Airbus 320.
Four BA crew were taken to hospital. BA sent another jet to bring the passengers, who were unhurt, home after the ordeal.
BA said the crew were taken to hospital as a precaution.