British Airways Airbus A321 fills with dense smoke, emergency evacuation at Valencia Airport

On 5 August, a British Airways Airbus A321 (G-MEDN) operated flight BA422 between London Heathrow, United Kingdom and Valencia, Spain. About ten minutes before landing, the aircraft’s cabin started to fill with dense smoke prompting the crew to start an emergency evacuation just after landing.

Lucy Brown, one of the passengers testifies on Twitter: “A terrifying experience on flight to Valencia. Felt like a horror movie. Thankfully everyone safe. Flight filled with smoke and had to be emergency evacuated.

The airline confirmed the incident, stating that the aircraft safely landed and that all passengers and crew members disembarked. British Airways is assisting the passengers.

Three hours after the incident, passengers were allowed on board again to pick up their remaining (hand) luggage.

Bart Noëth: Since 1996, I have been working in the Belgian airline industry, from a weekend job as a cabin aircraft cleaner to a flight attendant. After the demise of Sabena - in 2001, I created a website called, originally a meeting place for plane spotters and aviation freaks. Since 2017, the website changed into a professional news site. Next to aviation, I love to travel, wine and dine and enjoy my time off(-line) with my girlfriend, friends and family. My favourite football squad is KV Mechelen, I am an Ironman 70.3 finisher and my ambition is to complete a full Ironman.
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