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Fire alarm causes panic in plane

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 on 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, 30 of them were injured, a Mumbai International Airport Limited spokesperson told PTI here.

There were some reports that a few passengers jumped from the aircraft and sustained injuries while there was chaos when passengers rushed to slide down the chutes.

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. — PTI

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