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Plane evacuated as smoke fills cabin in Arizona airport

PASSENGERS were evacuated from an aircraft when smoke engulfed its cabin at Phoenix International Sky Harbor Airport in Arizona last night, the Arizona Republic newspaper reported on its Website.

The incident took place shortly after 8pm local time when the 747 aircraft was about to depart for London, England, the report said.

Sky Harbor Airport spokesman Michael Set told the paper that smoke surged into the plane's cabin, prompting the evacuation.

The passengers exited the plane by using the emergency escape chutes, with some reporting minor cuts and bruises.

"This is no indication of how the smoke started," Set said.

Set said he did not know how many passengers were on board. A747 aircraft is capable of accommodating more than 300 passengers.


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