Hundreds Evacuated From 747 At Phoenix Airport

PHOENIX -- Hundreds of passengers aboard a British Airways Boeing 747 preparing to depart for London from the airport in Phoenix were forced to use slides to evacuate the jet on Friday night after fumes filled the cabin.

A fire official says no serious injuries were reported among the approximately 350 passengers and crew who evacuated the jet at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport at about 8 p.m. MST.

Phoenix Fire Department Capt. Shelly Jamison says about 15 people were evaluated for minor scrapes and cruises, but only one person was taken to a hospital with shoulder pain.

Jamison says the jumbo jet had just pushed back from the gate when smoke was reported in the cabin. No active fire was located.


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