London City Airport evacuated after suspected chemical leak

Published on : Friday, October 21, 2016

london-city-airportLondon City Airport was evacuated after a suspected chemical incident occurred which left people needing treatment for breathing problems.

London Fire Brigade (LFB) reported that about 500 people were forced to leave the east London airport after some passengers felt sick. Ambulance staff treated 26 patients on the site and the LFB sent appliances used to deal with chemical incidents.

In a tweet, London Ambulance Service said two people had been hospitalised.

A spokesman for the airport said the evacuation took place at about 16:00 BST after a fire alarm was set off.


Boxer David Haye who was at the airport en-route to Scotland tweeted: “Gutted can’t get to Scotland for @JoshTaylorBoxer fight tonight. As #CityAirport got evacuated when everyone started coughing uncontrollably!”

Chris Daly, 35, from Southend, told the media he had just landed from a BA flight from Glasgow when he heard the fire alarms.

“When we got into the airport terminal building we could hear the fire alarms going on, then there were announcements in three different languages saying this is a fire alarm and the crew were directing us at the baggage carousel to evacuate the building.

“We are now all standing on the tarmac under the wing of the airplane because it has started to rain.

“I can see some plane circling in the sky but nothing else has landed. No-one has really told us anything. We saw some fire crew going inside to do a sweep.


In a tweet London Ambulance Service said: “Ambulance crews and our Hazardous Area Response Team are attending the incident at London City Airport.”


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