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