23 injured from smoke in holiday plane

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20 August 2004 , COLOGNE - Twenty-three persons were slightly injured and many suffered shock Friday when smoke inside a Spanish holiday plane triggered an emergency evacuation at Cologne/Bonn airport, officials said. The MD83 plane operated by Spanair airline had 174 people - 168 passengers and six crew members - on board when the incident occurred, just as the plane was heading for the runway to take off for Palma de Mallorca. Officials said oil from the hydraulic system had leaked onto the plane's elect

20 August 2004

COLOGNE - Twenty-three persons were slightly injured and many suffered shock Friday when smoke inside a Spanish holiday plane triggered an emergency evacuation at Cologne/Bonn airport, officials said.

The MD83 plane operated by Spanair airline had 174 people - 168 passengers and six crew members - on board when the incident occurred, just as the plane was heading for the runway to take off for Palma de Mallorca.

Officials said oil from the hydraulic system had leaked onto the plane's electricity generator, creating smoke inside the aircraft cabin. The pilot immediately ordered an emergency evacuation.

Passengers escaped by sliding down the chutes from the plane's exits, causing some of the minor injuries, rescue officials reported. Other injuries were from smoke inhalation.

"It went well," fire department rescue operations chief Reinhard Schiebler said about the emergency evacuation. "But some of those injured were in shock."

He said this was "very understandable when you are happily heading off for holiday and instead the plane is having to be evacuated".

Several fire department trucks, along with emergency doctors, reached the plane about two minutes after the pilot radioed for help and began the evacuation.

Schiebler said that there was no panic among the passengers and that they had left the plane in a fairly orderly fashion.

The passengers were taken off for medical and psychological support treatment. Those who still wanted to fly were to board a replacement plane for a later flight to Mallorca, airport spokeswoman Anja Stenzel van Melis said.

The incident began at 10:10 local time (0810 GMT) and the state of alarm at the airport was called off at 12:00 (1000 GMT). Other air traffic operations were largely unaffected by the accident.

DPA

Subject: German news
 

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