Passengers described the dramatic scenes in the Red Sea resort of Hurghada
Passengers on a flight heading from the Red Sea resort Hurghada to London Gatwick had to be evacuated using emergency slides just moments before take-off after smoke began coming from underneath a passenger’s seat.
Twitter user Sharika Khan shared a video of the scene from the runway
It comes just days after a knifeman stabbed two female tourists to death in a beach rampage at the popular resort Hurghada.
Two German women were killed and four injured in the terrifying attack on Friday.
Thomas Cook said the smoke on board the plane was caused by a mechanical issue and was not terror-related.
The airline said all 251 passengers and nine crew on board Flight MT519 made it off the plane in a “controlled evacuation”.
But Twitter users said it was more like an “emergency” and said people were injured as they rushed to exit the Boeing 757-300 last night.
Others claimed they had been left without any information after the dramatic incident.
Wendy wrote: “This was not a controlled evacuation, it was an emergency one with people getting injured. They then left people standing by the plane.”
Claire McIlroy tweeted: “Sis family stuck, bro in law injured during evac!”
Fawwaz Khan said: “Not happy at all! What is going on with my sisters flight? Evacuation, stranded, no info!”
The Sun understands one passenger was taken to hospital with a shoulder injury.
Two others were checked over at a clinic at the airport, one with a minor injury and one with a pre-existing medical condition.
The footage showed the emergency slides leading onto the Egyptian runway
A Thomas Cook spokesman said: “Flight MT519 to London Gatwick carried out a controlled evacuation before take-off at Hurghada airport after the crew reported a smell of burning and smoke at the rear of the cabin.
“All 251 passengers and 9 crew members evacuated the aircraft using the emergency slides and were transported back to the terminal building.
“Our customers’ safety is always our top priority and we are very sorry for the delay.’”
Investigations into the cause of the fault are ongoing, and passengers are being flown back to the UK on a different plane.
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