More than 100 people evacuated from Flybe plane following 'haze' in cabin

PUBLISHED: 09:28 28 February 2019 | UPDATED: 10:23 28 February 2019

The scene at Exeter Airport this morning. Picture: Kevin Horrell

The scene at Exeter Airport this morning. Picture: Kevin Horrell

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A Flybe plane has reportedly been evacuated this morning - with travellers claiming Exeter Airport had been shut down as a result.

More than 100 people were evacuated from a plane at Exeter Airport this morning after haze clouded the cabin.

The incident affected a Flybe plane set to depart for Spain (flight number BE 4321).

Two fire engines attended the scene to assist.

Passenger Kevin Horrell claims he smelt ‘fumes’ while browsing his in-flight drinks menu, before he was told to evacuate by the pilot.

He was ejected from the plane via a slide.

A spokesman for Flybe said: “We can confirm that the above flight scheduled to operate from Exeter International Airport to Alicante experienced haze in the cabin just prior to take off.

“Flybe Crew took the necessary precautionary measures and all 100 passengers and five crew members evacuated the aircraft safely.

“We are taking the situation very seriously and our immediate concern is for the welfare of all those involved.

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

Flybe has since confirmed a replacement aircraft has been sourced.

It is now scheduled to depart from Exeter to Alicante at 12.35pm.

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