Six injured in plane fire at Paris airport

5th August 2009, Comments 0 comments

The fire broke out just before the plane from Spanish carrier Vueling was about to leave for Alicante.

Paris – Six people suffered minor injuries on Wednesday when the engine of a passenger plane caught fire just before take-off from Paris' Orly airport, police said.

The Airbus A320 flown by low-cost Spanish carrier Vueling was leaving Paris for Alicante when the fire broke out, prompting an emergency evacuation, said officials from the Val de Marne police precinct.

Firefighters quickly extinguished the flames and the evacuation slides were used to get the 169 passengers off the plane.

An airport official at Orly said "the fire was quickly brought under control. The alarm was triggered at 10:35 am and it was over at 11:09."

Passenger Terry Volante told AFP he saw black smoke coming from the jet engine when the plane was readying for take-off on the tarmac.

"The firefighters arrived less than two minutes later, a steward opened the doors, activated the escape slides and a flight attendant told us in Spanish to evacuate," said Volante.

The six passengers were injured during the emergency evacuation, one of whom twisted an ankle and others suffering from various bruises, according to the passenger's account.

A plane from Iberia airlines, which is a Vueling shareholder, was due to arrive later at Orly to fly the passengers to Alicante, according to Volante.

AFP / Expatica

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