Airport panic as passengers told plane ‘might blow up’ and flee

Terrified airline passengers were evacuated from a plane that was might have “exploded at any moment”.

The Azul Brazilian Airlines Flight 2751 Airbus 320 at Marechal Rondon International Airport in the city of Cuiabá had reportedly suffered a serious electrical fault.

Flight attendants told the 132 passengers that they had to get away from the aircraft as quickly as possible because “the plane was going to blow up”.

One of the passengers, Wenderson Campos, told local news network G1 that the plane came to a sudden stop and a flight attendant shouted for everyone to leave the aircraft.

He said: "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.”

Another passenger, Juliana Amorim, added: "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.”

Pictures from the scene showed a number of passengers who had suffered minor injuries in the ensuing panic.

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

The airline 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."

The airline added that the takeoff was aborted after a failure was identified and the captain followed emergency protocol for this type of situation.

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

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