British Airways flight evacuates after cabin suddenly fills with smoke
"It was like a horror movie."
Passengers on British Airways flight BA422 traveling from London were in for a terrifying surprise when the aircraft's vents started filling the cabin with smoke 10 minutes before it was scheduled to land in Valencia, Spain.
According to travelers, the smoke had a "slightly rubbery smell" and everyone was covering their mouths — the oxygen masks were never deployed — as people waited for an announcement explaining what was going on. No explanation was given at the time.
"We didn't receive any information about what was going on or what we should do," said Jonathan Wald, who was on the flight.
Upon landing, the 175 passengers were evacuated via the plane's emergency shoots. The video above includes amateur clips filmed by some of the passengers who captured both the terrifying moments on board, as well as the evacuation.
According to British Airways, only three passengers were taken to the hospital following the incident as a "precaution" and have since been discharged.
"It was a really unnerving experience," Wald said. "Made worse by the fact that at no point during or after the incident did we receive any communication from British Airways staff."
Lucy Brown, another passenger, told CNN that the scariest part of the ordeal was not knowing what was going on and "it taking 15 minutes for the emergency doors to open."
British Airways has come out with a formal announcement since, saying that the cause of the smoke was a technical issue, and that the staff did assist passengers at the airport afterwards. After about three hours, passengers had their luggage returned to them.