London City Airport closed after ‘chemical’ incident: reports

London, Oct 22 (IANS) London City Airport has been closed after a report of a chemical incident, local reports said on Friday.

London Fire Brigade (LFB) said about 500 people were forced to leave the east London airport after some passengers felt unwell, Xinhua news agency reported.

LFB added that firefighters are investigating the incident at the airport. “We have three fire engines and 15 firefighters at the scene,” it said from its twitter account.

London Ambulance service said it was dealing with patients on the site and the LFB said it had appliances it uses when dealing with chemical incidents, the BBC said earlier.

A spokesman for the airport told the BBC the evacuation took place at about 16:00 BST after a fire alarm was set off.