Hawaiian Airlines plane engine caught on video bursting into flames

Luckily no one was injured in the incident

Helen Coffey
Wednesday 08 November 2017 14:41
Video shows plane engine on fire

Video posted to social media shows a Hawaiian Airlines plane engine burst into flames after it landed on 7 November.

The flight from Everett’s Paine Field to Sea-Tac International Airport was carrying only crew on board, as it was being flown to Sea-Tac for maintenance work.

Passengers waiting to board a separate flight at a nearby terminal witnessed the incident, with some recording it on their smartphones.

One such passenger tweeted: "Not something you see everyday @SeaTacAirport. Looks like an apparent engine caught fire. Luckily the pilot knew what to do it appears."

There were no injuries, according to a Sea-Tac spokesperson. The aircraft "experienced a left engine issue on final approach at SEA tonight,” a Hawaiian Airlines spokesperson told CBS News. “A left engine fire reported upon landing was extinguished by the aircraft fire extinguishing system and local fire officials."

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)’s explanation was slightly different, however; a spokesperson said the plane "experienced a right engine flyer fire upon landing. The fire had already been extinguished by the time fire crews arrived at the aircraft." The FAA is still investigating what caused the fire.

This comes after The Independent reported that a United Express flight had to be evacuated in July after a fire broke out at the back of the plane. Fifty-nine passengers and four crew members got out safely after the plane landed at Aspen.

It is thought flight UA5869 landed normally, with no indication of a problem until the plane was on the ground.

One of the passengers, Raiyan Syed from Boston, tweeted dramatic footage from the incident with the comment: “Quick and immediate response. First responders on runway. Huge thanks to pilot and crew for helping get passengers off safe.”

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