Hundreds of people aboard a British Airways jet were evacuated just before take-off after reports of smoke in the cabin. Skip related content

The Heathrow-bound Boeing 747 had just pushed back from the departure gate at Phoenix Airport in Arizona, US, when the fumes were seen.

The pilot promptly decided to evacuate all 298 passengers on board using the emergency slides.

British Airways said everyone was evacuated safely from the plane, with around 15 passengers receiving minor cuts and bruises.

Flight BA288 had been preparing to take off at 3.40am Saturday UK time.

"The plane was being pushed back from the stand when there were reports of smoke," a BA spokesperson said.

"A decision was taken to evacuate the aircraft following the usual procedures. All 298 passengers were safely."

He added: "Our customer service staff at Phoenix are caring for the passengers and organising hotel rooms for them."

Engineers are now on board the aircraft trying to find out what happened.