The terrifying moment a plane fills with smoke in MID-AIR before it makes emergency landing and passengers are forced to escape on a slide
- Cabin of IndiGo flight filled with smoke in mid-air 45-miles from its destination
- Airbus was travelling from Jaipur in northern India to Kolkata in West Bengal
- Clip shows people use slide to disembark after plane made emergency landing
This is the terrifying moment passengers were forced to escape a plane on an emergency slide after the cabin filled with smoke in mid-air.
The clip captured passengers as they became engulfed in smoke inside the cabin, cockpit and lavatory of an IndiGo flight.
The flight, from Jaipur in northern India to Kolkata in West Bengal, was around 45 miles from its destination at the time.
The clip, filmed by those inside the plane, captured the cabin as it began to fill with smoke when flying from Jaipur, in northern India, to Kolkata in West Bengal
Pilots of the A-320neo airbus transmitted a mayday call to Air Traffic Control warning that the plane and its 136 passengers were in danger.
The plane then made a swift emergency landing at Kolkata – where passengers at the rear of the plane disembarked down a slide.
In the clip, people are lifted onto the illuminated slide as men in helmets help usher the passengers back to safety.
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One woman, in a pink dress, appears to hesitate at the door of the plane as she is encouraged to disembark.
Passengers at the front of the aircraft were able to use the stairs to exit the plane.
An IndiGo spokesperson later confirmed the emergency was down to ‘suspected smoke’ in the cabin of the aircraft.
The plane then made a swift emergency landing at Kolkata – where passengers at the rear of the plane disembarked down a slide
The IndiGo airbus involved in the incident remains grounded in Kolkata where airline maintenance staff are trying to uncover the cause of the smoke.
The Aircraft Accident Investigation Bureau has since launched an investigation.
IndiGo, a low cost carrier and India’s largest airline, has recently faced troubles with its brand-new fleet of A-320neo planes after repeated engine failures and technical problems.
India’s aviation watchdog, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), grounded 11 Airbus A-320neo airliners in March – eight of which belonged to IndiGo.
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