10 Jul 2017

Fire Forces Plane to Make Emergency Landing – Crew Treated for Smoke Inhalation

thomson plane on runway

A Thomson flight from Manchester to Girona was forced to make an emergency landing on Saturday when smoke appeared in the cabin shortly after take-off. The flight made an emergency landing at Gatwick, where it was met by emergency services. Passengers were evacuated and three crew members were treated for smoke inhalation.

The fire is thought to have started in an onboard oven. The plane was checked over and later continued its journey after being deemed safe to fly.

A spokesperson for Thomson said: ‘We would like to apologise to customers travelling to Girona, Spain from Manchester on board TOM2616 as the flight was diverted to London Gatwick as a precautionary measure.’

‘The flight was met by emergency services in line with standard procedures and to investigate the cause of smoke in the cabin. The aircraft has been checked and is safe to continue on its scheduled journey this morning. All customers on board are also safe, and new crew members are arriving imminently to cover the flight as three of the original team are being checked over by medics as a precaution.’

‘We appreciate our customers’ patience and understanding during this time and would like to take this opportunity to reassure everyone that the safety of our customers and crew is of paramount importance.’

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