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Panic-Stricken Passengers Flee Plane Amid Fears It May 'Blow Up'

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Panic-Stricken Passengers Flee Plane Amid Fears It May 'Blow Up'

Panic-stricken passengers fled a plane in Brazil amid fears it might 'blow up'. Watch here:

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The footage was captured on board Azul Brazilian Airlines (Azul Linhas Aereas Brasileiras) Flight 2751, which was due to depart Marechal Rondon International Airport in Cuiaba at around 2am local time yesterday (Thursday 25 November), bound for Sao Paolo.

However, the Airbus 320 never left the tarmac, and passengers were told to immediately exit the plane as it could explode, according to news site G1.

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Footage shows passengers hurriedly emerging from the cabin and fleeing down the evacuation slide on to the tarmac, before running clear of the plane.

There were reportedly 132 passengers on the plane, nine of whom were injured during the evacuation.

Some passengers were injured fleeing the plane. Credit: CEN
Some passengers were injured fleeing the plane. Credit: CEN

The flight was subsequently cancelled and some passengers were offered alternative flights, according to G1.

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Passenger Wenderson Campos said there was a sudden brake and a flight attendant shouted for everyone to leave the aircraft.

Describing the scene, he recalled: "The flight attendant appeared screaming, ordering everyone to exit through the emergency exit.

"People started pushing and I was with a child. Everyone went down the slide.

"I left with my baby and went back to get my wife because she fell and hurt herself. Another woman broke her foot and a pregnant woman had a bad experience."

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Juliana Amorim, who was also on board the plane, said she was warned the aircraft could explode.

She said: "Flight attendants started saying the plane was going to blow up, that we needed to evacuate the plane, and that it was urgent.

"I don't know how many people got out in front of me, but I managed to leave, thank God, without any injury.

"I went down the slide and saw a lot of injured people. When I went down the slide, the engine was on and it was so windy that people were being knocked over."

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Passengers had to use the emergency slides. Credit: CEN
Passengers had to use the emergency slides. Credit: CEN

The airline said the take-off was aborted after a failure was identified and the captain followed emergency protocol for this type of situation.

A spokesperson said in a statement: "Customers evacuated the aircraft via the plane's emergency exits.

"Azul would like to emphasise that we are providing all the necessary support to customers, and regret what happened."

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An investigative team launched a probe yesterday morning to identify the cause of the electrical failure.

Featured Image Credit: CEN

Topics: News, Travel

Jake Massey
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