We can confirm that all the 351 passengers and 19 crew have been evacuated from the Boeing 747-400 aircraft. Our preliminary information indicates that the Captain ordered the aircraft evacuated because smoke was detected in the cabin prior to departure.
All passengers and crew were taken to the airport after evacuation, and we have been informed that there are only a few minor injuries. At this stage our priority is the welfare of our passengers and crew.
We have launched an investigation into the incident and are cooperating with the authorities at Shanghai airport.
We are still ascertaining details of the incident and will release further information as when it can be confirmed.