More than 100 people were evacuated from a Flybe flight at Exeter Airport today after the engine made a loud banging noise and the cabin filled up with smoke.
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Passengers had boarded the Flybe Embraer plane to the Spanish resort of Alicante and the pilot was preparing to leave when the air in the cabin became hazy.
Two airport fire engines rushed to the plane to investigate the technical problem with the air-conditioning as 100 passengers and five crew members were evacuated.
Five crew members and 100 passengers were evacuated from the Flybe plane at Exeter today
All those onboard BE4321 were returned to the terminal by airport coaches at about 8am. The runway was closed for one hour during the emergency but later reopened.
Danny Keating, from Looe, Cornwall, was among the passengers on the plane and going on his stag do to Benidorm when the call came over the Tannoy to evacuate.
He told Heart Radio: ‘We’re all on the plane about to take off and the engine makes a loud banging noise and the cabin fills up with smoke.