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Fire on EgyptAir plane in Cairo leads to evacuation

Incident occurred shortly before aircraft was scheduled to depart from Eyptian capital to Jeddah

Fire on EgyptAir plane in Cairo leads to evacuation

EgyptAir conducted an emergency evacuation in Cairo this week, after smoke entered the cabin of a Boeing 777-200 with 291 passengers on board.

The incident occurred on 29th July 2011, shortly before the aircraft was scheduled to depart on flight MS-667 from the Egyptian capital to Jeddah in Saudi Arabia.

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Passengers had already boarded when a fire erupted in the cockpit, leading them to evacuate without their luggage. According to a report in the Aviation Herald, the fire was extinguished by emergency services around 25 minutes after the alert and minor injuries were reported by five people, with two fire fighters taken to a hospital for fire inhalation.

The fire burned through the right hand side of the cockpit, leaving a large hole in the fuselage just below the window, added the report. A replacement Boeing 777-200 registration SU-GBR reached Jeddah with a delay of four and a half hours.

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