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'We are on fire!' Passengers' terror as plane 'fills with smoke' and cabin crew say 'it's perfectly normal'

Mirror logo Mirror 13/10/2017 Danya Bazaraa

Credits: CEN © Provided by Trinity Mirror Plc Credits: CEN Passengers were terrified as their plane allegedly filled with smoke while flight attendants told them it was 'perfectly normal'. 

People on board the Antonov An-24 plane reportedly started screaming "we are on fire, we are on fire" as some filmed the cabin apparently full of smoke.

But a member of the cabin crew reportedly told travellers: "Do not worry, it will all pass in a moment. This is the jets starting, this is normal. There is no smell."

The incident allegedly occurred as passengers waited to take-off from Irkutsk in south-central Russia's Irkutsk Oblast region.

Despite flight attendants initially reassuring people on board, Angara Airlines later replaced the plane, resulting in a three-hour delay, it is claimed.

The smoke was allegedly noticed by passengers sitting at the rear of the aircraft.

Some later complained that they had been left traumatised by the incident.

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A video taken by one eyewitness shows two concerned passengers talking to the flight attendant about the smoke.

The airline eventually agreed to replace the plane - after passengers continued to complain - causing the flight to the town of Ust-Kut, also in Irkutsk Oblast, to be delayed.

The clip of passengers complaining about the smoke was later posted online where it made a big impact on viewers.

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But lyk Broflovski argued: "Oil got into the AC system. This happens, those are old jets, but yet it is safe."

The Antonov An-24 is a 44-seat passenger aircraft which was first flown in 1959. More than 100 are still in airline service.

However, a fatal accident in 2011 led to calls for the An-24 to be banned from scheduled flights inside Russia.

Angara Airlines is the leading airline flying out of Irkutsk and is a major player on the domestic Siberian market.

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