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Belfast flights cancelled after London City Airport evacuated after reports of a 'chemical incident'

Published 21/10/2016

Handout photo taken with permission from the Twitter feed of Shauna/@shaunaaa of passengers outside the terminal building and grounded flights at London City Airport following an alert. PA
Handout photo taken with permission from the Twitter feed of Shauna/@shaunaaa of passengers outside the terminal building and grounded flights at London City Airport following an alert. PA

A number of flights between London City Airport and Belfast were cancelled after the English airport was evacuated.

Flybe run a number of flights between Belfast City Airport and London City Airport.

Many of these, including one that was due to land in Belfast at 9.10pm on Friday, was cancelled.

London City airport was evacuated following a "chemical incident", with no flights able to take off or land as investigations continue.

Two casualties were taken to hospital and 26 people received treatment at the scene, London Ambulance Service said.

The alarm was raised at 4.11pm on Friday.

Around 500 members of the public and staff were evacuated.

A spokesman for London Fire Brigade said: "Three fire engines and a range of specialist appliances have been called to reports of a chemical incident at London City Airport this afternoon.

"Around 500 members of the public and staff have been evacuated and there are reports of a number of passengers feeling unwell.

London Ambulance Service tweeted: "Ambulance crews and our Hazardous Area Response Team are attending the incident at London City Airport. More information to follow."

Update: The airport has now been declared safe after emergency services found no evidence of a suspected chemical incident

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