Aurigny Bristol passengers evacuated off plane

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PASSENGERS had to evacuate their Guernsey to Bristol Aurigny flight this morning after smoke was smelt in the cockpit.

Still from a video by passenger Jessamy Baudains (19605489)

G-Cobo left Guernsey airport for Bristol around 10.55am but after being in the air for just 15 minutes, it had to turn around and divert back to Guernsey.

It landed safely at 11.46am and was met with three airport fire engines. Passengers were asked to evacuate the aircraft when it reached its stand, leaving their hand baggage behind.

Engineers then assessed the plane before it was given the okay. It left Guernsey with its passengers in tow at around 1.25pm.

Aurigny said the aircraft turned back as a precaution.

'Jersey Met Office has advised us that there have been unusual atmospheric conditions, as can be seen in the colour of the sky and sun,' said a spokesman.

'This phenomenon has been attributed to wildfires in Portugal and Spain, with smoke particles being carried over by ex-hurricane Ophelia.

'We understand that multiple airlines have reported a smoky smell being experienced whilst flying through the area.

'Our Bristol flight GR642, did return to Guernsey as a precaution, but this was before we received this information.

'We apologise to all passenger affected by the disruption.'

Aurigny flight evacuated after smoke alert

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