Seven people arriving on a Boeing 767 operated by Royal Air Maroc were treated for smoke inhalation Monday evening — after a fire on a baggage belt adjacent to an open cargo door in the aircraft’s belly triggered a full-scale emergency evacuation of 250 passengers and eight crew.
The incident took place on the tarmac at Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport in Dorval, airport public-relations spokesperson François Asselin said, with the fire reported at 4:47 p.m.
Three people suffered lower-body injuries “consistent of the type sustained in a sliding fall,” after they used the plane’s emergency exit slides, Marc-André Gagnon, operations chief at Urgences-Santé, said.
Five of the injured, all women, were treated on the scene and were then taken to a hospital, he said.
The other two injured, both men, refused to be hospitalized.
Asselin said the aircraft, operating as Flight 206 on a direct flight from Casablanca, Morocco, had touched down about 4:30 p.m.
“I can confirm there was smoke. I can’t confirm whether there was smoke inside the aircraft,” Asselin said.