Eighteen evacuated at Rīga airport due to smoke in plane

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18 people have been evacuated from a Helsinki-Vilnius plane at Riga airport, the State Fire and Rescue Service (VUGD) reported February 17.

VUGD was called at 12:56 a.m. as one of the aircraft that landed at the airport had some smoke inside.

18 people were evacuated from the plane.

There was no threat detected at the site of the event, and VUGD assistance is no longer required. The work at the site of the event was finished at 14:00.

Ilze Salna, spokeswoman for Riga International Airport, said a standard procedure had been carried out at the airport to accommodate a Finnair aircraft flying from Helsinki to Vilnius.

A statement to LTV from Finnair about the incident said:

"There was a technical malfunction on the plane during the flight, related to the anti-ice system, and the pilots had to turn off the system that caused steam/smoke forming in the cabin. The aircraft landed in Rīga where the weather conditions were favorable. In these kind of technical situations, it is a normal procedure that the fire department is meeting the plane ensuring the landing. The flight landed safely."

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