False fire alarm in Jet flight, 30 injured during evacuation

Panic gripped a Chennai-bound Jet Airways flight after a fire alarm in the cockpit went off.

Mumbai: Panic gripped a Chennai-bound Jet
Airways flight carrying 153 passengers after a fire alarm in
the cockpit went off when the plane was on the taxiway for
takeoff Friday night and 30 of them were injured during evacuation
by emergency chutes.

As there was a sudden surge of passengers when they were
being evacuated using chutes, 30 of them received injuries
and bruises with three of them suffering fractures, a Mumbai
International Airport Limited (MIAL) spokesperson said
here. There were some reports that a few passengers jumped
from the aircraft and sustained injuries while there was a
chaos when passengers rushed to slide down the chutes.

Fifteen persons were taken to Nanavati hospital in
ambulances for further treatment after receiving first aid at
the airport. Some of them were reported to have suffered
multiple fractures.

A full emergency was declared at the Mumbai airport and
fire tenders were rushed immediately to the spot.

A Jet statement said the airplane commander proceeded to
declare a precautionary emergency although there were no
visible traces of fire.

"The commander onboard Jet Airways flight 9W 2302
Mumbai-Chennai was informed of an indication of an LH engine
fire. Although there was no visible trace of a fire, the
commander proceeded to declare a precautionary emergency," the
statement said.

All passengers were deplaned safely and a thorough
inspection of the engine was carried out, it added.

The captain deployed chutes for emergency evacuation, a
Jet spokesperson said, adding all passengers have been

An airline official said that nine passengers had been
admitted in the city`s Nanavati hospital.

"Nine patients are admitted here for minor bruises,"
Gaurang Shetty, vice-president (marketing), Jet Airways, told
reporters after visiting the hospital.


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