Terrifying moment plane bursts into flames on runway while loading cargo

A plane has been filmed engulfed in flames while loading cargo on a runway.

The Boeing 777 Ethiopian Airlines cargo plane was scheduled to take off from Shanghai to Sao Paulo-Santiago with a stopover at Addis Ababa airport in Ethiopia.

Footage taken by staff at Shanghai Pudong International Airport shows the flame and black plumes of smoke billowing out from the back of the plane.

Aviation analyst Alex Macheras shared the clip to Twitter and said the fire was burning through part of the fuselage.

Shanghai Emergency Service Bureau has dispatched 18 fire trucks to put out the blaze and no casualties have been reported by so far.



The fire started at around 3.57pm (8.57am BST) and was put out shortly after 5pm local time (10am BST).

The incident has prompted numerous flights to be re-routed to Hongqiao, Shanghai’s second airport, according to local media reports.

Ethiopian Airlines released a statement to Weibo, a Twitter-like social media platform, saying that “all ground staff and flying crew are safe”.

China’s civil aviation authority has launched an investigation into the cause of the fire.

It is known that the plane was on a regular scheduled cargo service.



Airport staff watched from a safe distance as firefighters scrambled to put out the blaze

A similar incident happened in 2013 when an Ethiopian Airlines 787 plane caught fire at London’s Heathrow airport.

An investigation report later indicated it was caused by a battery fault.

While China continues to ban most foreigners from entering the country as its coronavirus outbreak declines, it has been pushing businesses to resume trading and is the source of much of the world’s personal protective equipment to guard against the pandemic.

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