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Cabin personnel absent in Turkey plane fire drama. Norwegian passengers are attacking Corendon Airlines cabin personnel’s potentially lethal actions during yesterday’s evacuation. “I’ve never been so scared before in my life,” Tone Østensen said to NRK, “I just thought we had to get out of the plane as quickly as possible, otherwise it would have gone really badly. We stood up as soon as the smoke appeared and shouted we had to get out.” The Corendon Airlines Boeing 737-800-type plane carrying Norwegian tourists from Antalya to Ålesund and Trondheim for Turkish travel company Detur caught fire on taxi to the runway before take-off on Sunday morning.

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Cabin personnel absent in Turkey plane fire drama

Published on Monday, 15th October, 2012 at 10:54 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson and Lyndsey Smith      .
Last Updated on 15th October 2012 at 11:44.

Norwegian passengers are attacking Corendon Airlines cabin personnel’s potentially lethal actions during yesterday’s evacuation.

A Corendon airlines Boeing 737-800
This aircraft is the same type involved in the evacuation in TurkeyA Corendon airlines Boeing 737-800
Photo: Juergen Lehle/Wikimedia Commons


“I’ve never been so scared before in my life,” Tone Østensen said to NRK, “I just thought we had to get out of the plane as quickly as possible, otherwise it would have gone really badly. We stood up as soon as the smoke appeared and shouted we had to get out.”

The Corendon Airlines Boeing 737-800-type plane carrying Norwegian tourists from Antalya to Ålesund and Trondheim for Turkish travel company Detur caught fire on taxi to the runway before take-off on Sunday morning.

Idar Green from Verdal was also among the passengers on the plane. He described the situation as controlled panic.

He said that smoke appeared to be coming from just behind the cockpit. Mr Green opened one of the emergency exits when the smoke began to increase.

Mr Green told Adressa that he feels the cabin crew did a poor job in the situation.

“They put the lives and health at risk, and were not involved in the evacuation [procedure] as far as I could tell. They spoke poor English and were neither present when we needed them, nor afterwards. Their actions must have consequences.”

Another passenger, Magne Granås, related that, “the cabin crew was amongst those who panicked, which is surprising, perhaps.”

Corendon Airlines press spokesperson Can Dağlıoğlu, said that staff did the best they could, however. The company says 189 passengers and 7 crew was aboard.

“How could the evacuation have been completed in 90 seconds if our staff had behaved unprofessionally towards passengers? It is true that some of our people were panicking, but they did their best. We’re very glad nobody was injured.”

27 people were sent to hospital after the incident. Two had sustained broken legs during the evacuation. Others were treated for smoke-related and minor injuries. 

According Company Detur representatives visited those in hospital to offer assistance, and. Reports indicate most passengers arrived back home safely yesterday after their return journeys. 

Turkish/Netherlands-registered Corendon Airlines planes have been involved in two incidents without injury in recent times.

On 2 October 2010, a Boeing 737–400 overshot the runway at Amsterdam Schipol at 19.15 local time, coming to a halt when its front landing gear hit soil. Everyone was evacuated safely.

In the second, a 41-year-old pilot of Swedish origin was arrested before take-off at the same airport on 02 March 2010 without a valid license after flying commercial jets for 13 years. The Boeing 737-400 with 101 passengers aboard was bound for Ankara, Turkey.

He had logged almost 10,000 hours following expiry of small plane licence in 1997 prior to being seized following a tip-off from Swedish authorities.

It is unclear what caused yesterday’s occurrence, but it will be investigated.



Published on Monday, 15th October, 2012 at 10:54 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson and Lyndsey Smith      .
Last updated on 15th October 2012 at 11:44.

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