Breaking: Emergency Evacuation On British Airways Flight After Smoke Engulfs Cabin

A British Airways Airbus A321 was evacuated in Valencia earlier today. The aircraft landed full of smoke and was evacuated using the emergency exit slides just off of the runway.

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A British Airways Airbus A321 to Valencia was evacuated on landing after the aircraft filled with smoke. Photo: Lucy Brown – Twitter

British Airways flight BA422 from London to Valencia was evacuated just off of the runway at Valencia airport. Footage shared on social media shows the cabin engulfed in smoke. The cause of the smoke is currently unknown but was severe enough to reduce visibility in the cockpit. As this is a breaking incident, initial details are scarce.

The flight

BA 422 Is a scheduled flight between London and Valencia. The flight was operated by an Airbus A321 registered as G-MEDN. According to, the aircraft is eleven years old. The flight was scheduled to depart from Heathrow at 15:15 but didn’t get underway until 15:48. Despite the late departure time, the aircraft made up most of its time in the air. In fact, it only landed four minutes late at 18:44. The flight time was 1-hour and 56-minutes.

Video from social media shows the cabin of the aircraft engulfed in smoke. It appears from the footage that the oxygen masks were not deployed. Passengers evacuated the aircraft using the emergency slides and were ushered away by firemen.

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The aircraft was evacuated via the emergency slides. Photo: Lucy Brown – Twitter

British Airways response

In the latest statement British Airways has provided us they said:

Flight BA422 from Heathrow to Valencia experienced a technical issue on its landing approach into Valencia. All our customers were evacuated safely by our crew and met by the airport’s emergency services.  

There were 175 customers on board the flight, with six cabin crew and two pilots. Three customers were taken to hospital as a precaution and have since been discharged.

The safety of our customers and crew is always our highest priority. In addition to our team on site, other British Airways team members have arrived in Valencia to help our customers and our local airport partners with anything they need.

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This breaking story will be updated by Simple Flying as details become available.