March 21, 2018 4:34 pm
Updated: March 22, 2018 9:42 am

Video shows WestJet cabin filling with smoke as plane lands in Nanaimo

WATCH: We’re learning more tonight about the terrifying moments aboard a WestJet flight from Vancouver to Nanaimo. Now the Transportation Safety Board is trying to determine what caused the cabin to be filled with smoke. Ted Chernecki has more.

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The cabin of a WestJet Encore flight filled with smoke in a video that shows the inside of a plane during an emergency landing in Nanaimo on Tuesday — an incident now being investigated by the Transportation Safety Board (TSB).

The video captured on a GoPro shows the hazy interior of a Bombardier Q400 that was carrying 58 people, including two crew members, as it flew from Vancouver to the island.

WATCH BELOW: A GoPro video shows smoke filling the cabin of a WestJet flight travelling from Vancouver to Nanaimo before being evacuated on arrival.


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In the video, an alarm can be heard as the plane reaches its destination. Then a flight attendant walks into the frame telling passengers, “leave everything, leave everything.”

 

People are subsequently seen standing up to put on their coats as a voice off camera asks them to sit down.

“I know this is a very stressful situation but the boys have everything in control on the front, they’re going to let us know if we need to emergency evacuate the airplane,” a voice on an intercom can be heard saying.

Later in the video, a male voice on the intercom says, “evacuate, evacuate, evacuate.”

Passengers then leave the plane, walking on to the tarmac at the Nanaimo Airport.

“Leave everything, OK?” a voice instructs.

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The video then shows people walking across the tarmac into a grassy field.

The TSB announced Wednesday that it had dispatched investigators to Nanaimo to “gather information and assess the occurrence.”

In a statement, WestJet spokesperson Lauren Stewart said the company is “working closely with them to determine the cause of the smoke.”

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