Thomas Cook plane passengers evacuated, cabin fills with smoke at Glasgow Airport

Passengers evacuated via emergency chutes after plane fills with smoke at Glasgow AirportPA

Around 60 passengers had to disembark a Thomas Cook holiday plane via emergency chutes at Glasgow Airport after the cabin began to fill with smoke.

The TCX3549 flight from Dalaman, Turkey, carrying 239 people, had landed as normal on Thursday evening, when the alarm was raised as passengers were disembarking.

Three chutes were released by the cabin crew to ensure the remaining passengers left the plane as quickly as possible.

It is thought the smoke was caused by excess oil in a power unit.

A Thomas Cook Airlines spokeswoman told the BBC: "All our passengers are safe and well and our experienced crew deployed the chutes purely as a precautionary measure.

"We would like to thank the BAA staff at Glasgow Airport and our crew for their response and the continuing excellent care they offer all our customers."

A Glasgow Airport spokesman said: "Fire crews attended following a report of smoke on board. All passengers disembarked safely and were repatriated with their luggage once the aircraft had been declared safe."

Just last week, an American Airlines flight was forced to make an emergency landing after a passenger smelled smoke mid-flight.

Flight 98 was supposed to fly non-stop from Chicago to London but was diverted to Ireland after the passenger reported a 'smoky odour'.

There were 246 passengers and 14 crew members on the flight, which landed at Ireland's Shannon Airport, before an inspection took place.

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