At least 77 passengers were evacuated from an Alliance Airlines flight at the Moranbah Airport in Queensland on Thursday. The plane caught fire during takeoff.
Paramedics were called at the scene but no one was injured. A passenger said on social media that the flight to Brisbane was delayed when the plane “started to emit smoke from one of the engines”.
Emergency services were called to the Moranbah Airport just before 6:30 PM. A spokesman for the Queensland Fire and Emergency Service, as per local media reports, said the fire appeared to be in the tail of the aircraft and had been extinguished by the time crews arrived.
The representative added that the accident may have been caused by fuel leaking into the exhaust. There might be some damage to the aircraft.
The Queensland Ambulance Service says all 77 people aboard safely evacuated the scene with no-one requiring treatment.
Only last month, an American Airlines plane was forced to return to Ohio airport after a bird strike sparked an engine fire. A video of the aircraft returning to the John Glenn International Airport in Columbus with flames coming off the right engine surfaced on social media.
“@FAANews I just saw AA1958 with major engine issues just after take off. Flames shooting from the engine and wonky, pulsing noises from the aircraft,” a Twitter user wrote while sharing a clip from the incident.
CNN reported that the Boeing 737 Flight 1958 had departed Columbus for Phoenix. The plane made it to the ground safely, with no injuries reported, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) said.
“Emergency crews responded to an aircraft incident at CMH this morning involving a reported engine fire. The aircraft landed safely and the airport is open and operational,” John Glenn Columbus International Airport said in a statement posted on Twitter.