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260 passengers and crew evacuated from plane because of smoke in cabin

Emergency slides were deployed from the flight from Hurghada on Egypt’s Red Sea coastline to London Gatwick.

Holidaymakers were evacuated from a UK-bound flight after crew reported smelling burning and smoke was spotted in the cabin just before take-off.

Emergency slides were deployed from the Thomas Cook flight from Hurghada on Egypt’s Red Sea coastline to London Gatwick, at around 11.30pm GMT on Tuesday.

It is understood one passenger was taken to hospital with a suspected shoulder injury following the flight’s evacuation, and two others were treated at the airport clinic – one for a minor injury and the other due to a pre-existing condition.

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Thomas Cook said it was a "controlled" evacuation of the aircraft (Tim Goode/PA)

Thomas Cook said it was a “controlled” evacuation of the 251 passengers and nine crew members from the aircraft.

A spokesman for the travel company 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.”

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