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Published on : Wednesday, November 6, 2013
Hundreds of passengers and crew hurriedly evacuated a jet on the tarmac of Montreal’s Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport as a baggage conveyor caught fire. The passengers were forced to flee from the Royal Air Maroc via escape chutes. All of passengers were hustled off of the Royal Air Maroc Boeing 767.
The Royal Air Maroc plane was carrying 250 passengers and a crew of eight, as reported by the authority. All 250 passengers and eight crew slid to safety down inflatable slides, five of the 10 people who received medical treatment were taken to a local hospital. Seven people complained of smoke irritation. Three of them suffered lower-body injuries during the evacuation.
A video posted on Twitter showed thick smoke rising from the rear of the plane, which had arrived from Casablanca. The video has been shot by the driver of a luggage transport vehicle, which showed people sliding to safety only feet from large flames under the plane and smoke billowing from the tarmac.
The fire was quickly extinguished by the Montreal airport”s fire crew.