AIRPORT LOCKDOWN Tear gas closes London City Airport as two in hospital and dozens treated by medics after canister grounds flights
DOZENS of passengers have been treated by medics and two patients rushed to hospital after a “chemical incident” at London City Airport today.
Flights were grounded and hundreds of passengers ordered onto the runway during chaotic scenes this afternoon.
People took to social media to post pictures of the chaos, with many reporting that a fire had broken out inside the airport
Some 26 people were treated by paramedics for breathing difficulties and two patients have been taken to hospital.
The Metropolitan Police have since found a tear gas canister during a sweep of the airport.
They believe it may have been discarded by a passenger before check-in but are not treating the incident as terror-related.
Officers are investigating whether it was accidentally let off.
Boxing champ David Haye was caught up in the chaos and told how “everyone started coughing uncontrollably”.
The sports star took to Twitter to describe his devastation about missing his pal’s fight due to his flight being cancelled.
Haye wrote: “Gutted cant get to Scotland for @JoshTaylorBoxer fight tonight.
As #CityAirport got evacuated when everyone started coughing uncontrollably!”
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All flights were suspended and several planes were diverted to other airports.
London Fire Brigade said about 500 people were evacuated from the terminal about 4pm while emergency services investigated.
Three hours later the airport was declared “safe”.
People took to social media to post pictures of the chaos, with many reporting that a fire had broken out inside the airport.
Chris Daly wrote: “London City Airport’s on fire apparently. All evacuated to the tarmac.”
The 35-year-old from Southend, Essex, had just landed from BA flight from Glasgow when he heard the fire alarms.
He told the BBC: “When we got into the airport terminal building we could hear the fire alarms going on, then there were announcements in three different languages saying this is a fire alarm and the crew were directing us at the baggage carousel to evacuate the building.