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Incident on BA plane

2009-07-12 09:11

Phoenix - British Airways was flying a team of engineers from London to Phoenix on Saturday to inspect a Boeing 747 that filled with smoke the previous night and forced hundreds of passengers to evacuate.

Airline spokesperson John Lampl says the 298 passengers who were on board Flight 288 as it prepared to take off late Friday were being rebooked onto flights to London from Phoenix, Los Angeles or Denver on Saturday.

More than a dozen people suffered minor injuries when they used the jumbo jet's emergency slides to evacuate. Lampl says one passenger and one of the 18 crew members were hospitalised overnight but were being released on Saturday.

A Phoenix Fire Department spokesperson says no fire was found and crews suspect an electrical problem.

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