Shock and horror! Plane in flames at Debrecen! Satyrs in danger! Emergency evacuation on slides! (UPDATE)
UPDATE 23:50: Official Wizz Air release!
"The aircraft scheduled to fly the Wizz Air W6 7867 from Debrecen to Paris Beauvais on January 4, 2020, had to be evacuated during the pre-flight defrost operation at the Debrecen airport. Ground handling service and local firefighters reported a possible fire start behind the aircraft. The crew initiated standard procedures and safely evacuated the aircraft through the front slides. All passengers left the aircraft safely. The aircraft was inspected by the airport fire service and technical teams, who confirmed that there was no fire, but the lights on the back, near the logo, and the de-icing liquid vapor could have created the sensation of smoke. The passengers of the flight are provided with accommodation and meals as the respective flight and the return flight - Beauvais-Debrecen - will be rescheduled tomorrow morning (January 5th). The crew performed all operations with professionalism and procedures, evacuating the aircraft. Wizz Air apologizes for any inconvenience caused, but the safety of passengers, crew and aircraft remains our top priority. ”
The title is a summary of the headlines in the Romanian press. That is how many of the titles appeared in our country, following an incident in Debrecen. On the evening of January 4, 2020, the passengers of flight W67867 were evacuated in an emergency from the plane. The slides on the two front exits were activated.
The Airbus A320 Wizz Air was to operate the Debrecen - Paris flight. According to the information published in the local press and in Romania, the auxiliary of the aircraft would have caught fire. We are talking here about APU (Auxiliary Power Unit). This device is in the tail of the aircraft and provides power to the aircraft for various functions, except for propulsion.
The firefighters immediately intervened and managed to extinguish the fire in seconds. Simultaneously, the cabin crew activated the slides and evacuated the passengers. There were 180 passengers on board, according to some officials from Debrecen airport. Among them and many villagers and Maramures. An investigation has been opened to determine the cause of the fire.
Emergency evacuation of a Wizz Air aircraft in Debrecen
Video by Vasile Dale
Okay. it was an unpleasant moment for passengers. Maybe some of them panicked. But I don't see them at all scared and in danger as some online publications have reported. He outraged us how the evacuation took place. The passengers took their luggage from the plane, including trollers, bags, backpacks and pretty much everything they had with them. They took to the slide, then walked to the plane, took pictures, videos.
In this case, it's good because everything ended well. But for 44 passengers on board the Sukhoi SuperJet 100 Aeroflot, who was involved in the accident in Moscow, the situation was dramatic. Because of some passengers, who preferred to prioritize their luggage, 44 people died.
Repeat !!! In the process of evacuating the aircraft, abandon the goods and exit the aircraft as soon as possible. Once you get off the plane, run away from it. Follow the instructions of the on-board companions. Every second counts and can save lives.