Fire prompts emergency evacuation of plane's passengers in Montreal

Nov. 5, 2013 at 10:35 AM
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MONTREAL, Nov. 5 (UPI) -- Seven people on board a Royal Air Maroc flight were treated for smoke inhalation after a baggage belt caught fire at Montreal's airport, officials said.

The incident occurred Monday on the tarmac of Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport when a baggage belt next to the plane's open cargo door caught fire, triggering an emergency evacuation of 250 passengers and eight crew members, The (Montreal) Gazette reported Tuesday.

Airport spokesman Francois Asselin said Flight 206 was a direct flight from Casablanca, Morocco.

Three people had injuries to their lower bodies that were "consistent of the type sustained in a sliding fall," after they used the plane's emergency exit slides, a hospital official said.

Asselin said the plane would remain out of service until Transportation Safety Board of Canada investigators examine it.

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