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.


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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