“Live London City Airport evacuated after ‘chemical’ incident, The Telegraph, October 21, 2016:
Firefighters are dealing with a “chemical incident” at London City Airport after hundreds of people were evacuated from the terminal.
Some passengers reported feeling “unwell” before fire alarms went off and 26 people were treated after suffering from breathing difficulties, London Ambulance Service said. Two patients have been taken to hospital.
The airport is near North Greenwich tube station which was at the centre of a terror alert on Thursday.
The emergency services said around 500 people were evacuated from the airport.
The cause of the problem is still being investigated.
Incoming flights were diverted while hundreds of passengers were stranded on board jets on the runway waiting for the all clear to take off.
A London Fire Brigade spokesman said: “Three fire engines and a range of specialist appliances have been called to reports of a chemical incident at London City Airport this afternoon.
“Around 500 members of the public and staff have been evacuated and there are reports of a number of passengers feeling unwell.
“The Metropolitan Police and The London Ambulance Service are also in attendance.
“The Brigade was called at 4.11pm.”
A Metropolitan Police spokeswoman said: “Police were called shortly after 4pm to London City Airport to reports of a number of passengers feeling unwell.
“Officers have attended and are currently on the scene.
“London Ambulance Service and the London Fire Brigade were also called.
“The cause of the incident is not yet known. The airport has been evacuated as a precaution.”
Boxer David Haye, who was at the airport to catch a flight to Scotland, tweeted that the airport was evacuated when “everyone started coughing uncontrollably!”
A witness who was evacuated from the airport told LBC radio that blankets have been given to children and that food and water is being given out.
And a taxi driver who was waiting outside the terminal was asked if the back of his cab could be used to treat someone who was taken ill with “itchy eyes”.
TFL said in a tweet: “London City Airport is CLOSED due to a police incident. Connaught Rd, Connaught Bdg Rbt are SHUT. Pls use other routes. Expect long delays.”