Passengers on a Norway-bound flight were forced to evacuate a plane in Antalya early on Sunday when a fire broke out in the cockpit as it prepared for take-off. The fire broke out as the Trondheim, Norway-bound Boeing 737-800 plane, with 189 passengers and seven crewmembers on board, was to take off on Sunday. The crew members reported smelling smoke inside the plane. Firefighters extinguished the fire as passengers were evacuated. A medical team attended the scene and calmed anxious passengers.Osman Serdar, an official from the State Airports Management General Directorate (DHMİ), noted that it was not a big fire and that there was no serious damage to the plane.
Three passengers sustained minor injuries in the course of evacuation, while 25 others were affected by the smoke from the cockpit and hospitalized for observation.
Antalya Deputy Governor Mehmet Yavuz said the cause of the fire might have been an electrical short-circuit and that uninjured passengers were transferred to another aircraft to continue their journey to Norway.