The Buenos Aires plane’s engine reportedly caught fire during takeoff at JFK Airport in New York. The situation is now under control with no injuries reported, according to officials.
Fire crews rushed to the busy New York airport after the pilot of the Argentina Airlines flight reported the engine fire on Thursday night, officials told AFP.JFK Airport
Passengers did not need to be evacuated and there have been no reported injuries. Witnesses have described hearing a "sudden explosion" before the plane was engulfed in flames and embers.
Axel, who was waiting to take-off on another flight, captured a video of the Aerolineas Argentinas flight 1301 plane bursting into flames. "We are all fine!Thank God it was not 5 minutes later."
Alice Zhang, a social media user, posted to Twitter, saying "So I’m on the runway about to take off and another plane just landed next to us and it was on f****** fire".
One passenger whose plane was sitting on the airport runway nearby, took a picture of the aircraft with embers coming out.
“Yeah so I’m on the runway about to take off and another plane just landed next to us and it was on fire like literal fire,” she wrote in a tweet.
"That's just what I wanna see before takeoff well it's been nice knowing you all."
Steve Coleman, a spokesman for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, told WSBTV news that the flames were already out by the time rescue trucks arrived.
The plane was escorted back to the gate for an inspection, the airport spokesman said. The cause of the blaze is not yet known. The runway was closed and the plane was quickly surrounded by emergency vehicles. Once the fire was out, the plane taxied under its own power off the runway.