Felsham Road Resident Forced To Evacuate BA Plane

Smoke filled the cabin as the plane touched down in Barcelona

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30 year old Tamsyn Mathews was one of 176 passengers that escaped down emergency chutes and the emergency services were sent to the scene when fumes were reported in the Boeing 757's cabin shortly after it landed at 0945 local time in Spain.

British Airways said its engineers were investigating the cause of the incident on the flight which had been scheduled to land at the airport from Heathrow.

Tamsyn, who was travelling on business, said a "plastic" smell filled the cabin after arrival. She told the BBC News website:
"We landed and then the electrics went and the cabin crew told us to evacuate. The slides inflated with the exception of one.
It was very frightening but the BA cabin crew were fantastic. There was no major panic, just a bit of shouting.

"We were bussed to the terminal where paramedics checked everyone. There were a few cuts and bruises but nothing major."

A British Airways spokesman said: "There are no reports of any serious injuries and our teams in Barcelona are caring for the customers in the terminal building.

"Our engineering teams will carry out a full investigation into the incident."


August 6, 2009