Manchester airport fire
Manchester airport fire: more than 300 passengers were evacuated
from a Pakistan International Airlines flight recently, after
smoke was reported coming from the aircraft at Manchester airport
in northern England, police said
Fire, May, 2005
The Boeing 777, Flight 789 from Toronto, landed at Manchester
at 0903 for refueling on its way to Karachi.
"The aircraft landed perfectly ok, but as it was taxiing,
the aircraft behind it reported smoke coming from the port undercarriage,"
a spokeswoman for Britain's National Air Traffic Services (NATS)
Some 340 passengers and 12 crew were evacuated from the aircraft
using the emergency slides. Buses took the passengers to a terminal
Several people suffered minor injured, police said, and paramedics
treated the wounded.
"The airport was shut for about 15 minutes," the NATS
spokeswoman said. "One runway has re-opened and the second
one will be operational again when the fire services have finished
at the plane."
Initially police said the plane may have caught fire, but later
reported it had only overheated.