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Flybe flight evacuated on Runway at Exeter Airport

Flybe Embraer

Flybe Embraer

A Flybe flight from Exeter Airport (EXT/EGTE) to Alicante (ALC/LEAL) was evacuated this morning after the pilot reported a problem with the “air conditioning” as the aircraft was about to take off.

Flight BE4321, operated by Embraer ERJ195 G-FBEJ, had lined already lined up on the runway when there were reports of vapour or smoke in the cabin. Despite being identified as an air-conditioning fault, a full evacuation was ordered and fire crews rushed to the scene.

Passenger Andy Feaver (@Feaver87) posted a video of the evacuation on twitter saying: “not the best of starts” immediately after the incident.

A spokesperson for Flybe said that the flight “experienced haze in the cabin” shortly before take-off and that Flybe Crew took all necessary precautionary measures and all 100 passengers and 5 crew evacuated the aircraft safely.”

They added “We are now in the process of making sure all passengers are taken care of.”

A further update from Flybe said that a new aircraft would operate the flight to Alicante at 12:35hrs today.

Exeter Airport was closed for around an hour but has now reopened.

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