Passengers on a British Airways flight faced a terrifying ordeal on Monday when their plane filled with smoke as the plane approached its destination, Valencia Manises Airport in Spain.
The flight, BA 422 from London’s Heathrow Airport to Valencia, Spain, was descending on approach to Valencia, according to British Airways, when the cabin suddenly filled with smoke.
“I have never experienced fear like it,” Dani Meroño Bori, a passenger on the flight, tweeted in Spanish. “We just jumped down the ramp!”
The flight completed its landing as the airport’s emergency services rushed to meet the jetliner. The plane stopped on the runway, and passengers evacuated the jet — an Airbus A321 — via emergency slides.
There were 183 people on board, according to British Airways — 175 passengers, six flight attendants, and two pilots.
“[It] felt like a horror film,” Lucy Brown, another passenger, tweeted. “[The] flight filled with smoke and had to be emergency evacuated.”
Brown, an associate dean at the London College of Communication, was traveling with her four children.
“There was a horrible smell. People were almost choking,” she told Mirror Online.
Three passengers were taken to the hospital after the evacuation “as a precaution,” according to the airline. All three were discharged by Monday night.
In a statement to Business Insider, British Airways confirmed that it was assisting passengers.
“The safety of our customers and crew is always our highest priority. In addition to our team on site, other British Airways team members have arrived in Valencia to help our customers and our local airport partners with anything they need.”