An airline said it prioritises the safety and wellbeing of passengers after an incident involving an emergency slide.

Passengers onboard a Wizz Air flight from Athens were surprised to see fire engines surround the Airbus A321 at Gatwick Airport yesterday.

As passengers left the plane, it became apparent that the slide at the back of the aircraft had inflated.

The Argus: The slide inflated behind the enginesThe slide inflated behind the engines (Image: Newsquest)

A slide is typically used in emergency situations to allow a quick escape from the plane.

It is stored in the door and can be inflated in a matter of seconds to get passengers to safety.

However, a spokeswoman for Wizz Air confirmed all passengers left "as normal via the jet bridge" after the plane arrived at Gate 24 in the South Terminal yesterday afternoon.

The Argus: The scene at Gatwick AirportThe scene at Gatwick Airport (Image: Newsquest)

The spokeswoman added: "We confirm that the slide on flight W95746 was activated after landing at Gatwick Airport yesterday evening.

"In this situation, it is standard protocol for emergency and fire services to be called to inspect the aircraft.

"The safety and wellbeing of passengers and crew is Wizz Air's number one priority."