[Updated with videos. At 8.20pm the captain of a flight heading from Mexico to the UK called in saying there was a fire in the cabin and requesting an emergency landing in Bermuda. Dozens of fire fighters responded to the scene as a precautionary measure, as did the police and medical personnel.
The plane landed without incident at 9pm, and the 338 passengers/crew stayed the night in Bermuda. There were no reported injuries, and the aircraft was mechanically assessed and left the following afternoon.]
A massive presence of emergency personnel could be seen at the airport this evening [Apr 30] as they prepared for a flight that diverted to Bermuda due to what we understand to be a fire onboard the plane.
The Bermuda Fire & Rescue Service got in position well in advance and appeared to be making extensive preparations as the Thomas Cook flight #149 — which was was traveling from Cancun, Mexico to Manchester, UK — prepared to land in Bermuda.
The police are also on scene, and there appeared to be some traffic restrictions for a short while as authorities took safety precautions as the flight made its way closer to the island. The flight landed at about 9pm, and appeared to have gone safely.
Details are limited at this time, however we will update as able.
Update 9.25pm: The passengers are disembarking, while the Fire Service stands by. It is understood KEMH was on standby preparing for a ‘worst case scenario’, which fortunately does not appear to be the case.
Update 9.39pm: An ambulance can be seen entering the area. It appears many of the passengers are fine, but further details remain somewhat unclear now. We are expecting to receive an official statement shortly.
Update 9.49pm: BFRS Lieutenant Jay Donawa said the airplane captain declared the emergency at 8.20pm with a report of a fire in the cabin, and the flight landed at approximately 9.01pm without incident.
It is now located on Apron 1, and the passengers are being assessed. There were 338 people on board, and Lt Donawa said he cannot confirm or deny any injuries at this time, as the situation is still ongoing.
Update 10.22pm: Obviously it is probable that passengers will stay in Bermuda overnight. They have still not exited the airport. Emergency and medical personnel who had responded to the airport are leaving the area.
Update 10.32pm: Speaking over the PA system at the aiport, an airline official said that the passengers will be staying the night in Bermuda. You can listen to the audio here [not the best quality sorry!]
Update 10.43pm: Quick video of the flight arriving
Update 11.08pm: Passengers are starting to make their way out of the airport now
Update 12.07am: The police confirm that it was an electrical fire, and said there were no were no reported injuries. The full police statement is below
Around 8:20pm on Tuesday, April 30th emergency services including the Bermuda Police Service, the Bermuda Fire & Rescue Service and King Edward VII Memorial Hospital personnel responded to L.F. Wade International Airport to a reported emergency aircraft landing.
It appears that a small electrical fire occurred during a Thomas Cook flight en route from Cancun, Mexico to Manchester UK. As a result the plane diverted to Bermuda.
The aircraft landed safely around 9pm with 338 persons aboard. There were no reported injuries. The passengers and crew disembarked the plane and are staying overnight at local hotels.
The Thomas Cook aircraft will be mechanically assessed and is expected to leave sometime Wednesday afternoon to continue on to its intended destination.
The video below contains audio of a passenger explaining what occurred on the plane. He said the flight crew had fire extinguishers out, however they did not appear to be used. He, and his friends, were quite happy to be in Bermuda and were in no rush to leave, saying they could “stay a couple of days.”
Update May 1: According to flight trackers, the plane left Bermuda this afternoon and is en route to Manchester