Plane Engine Catches Fire on JFK Runway (Video)

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A potential disaster was narrowly averted Thursday night when an Argentina Airlines plane about to depart JFK Airport in New York experienced an engine fire just prior to takeoff.

The incident reportedly occurred about 11 p.m., as Aerolineas Argentinas flight 1301 was on the runway, headed for Buenos Aires.

Emergency vehicles quickly responded to put out the fire, and the plane reportedly was then able to taxi under its own power off the runway, according to ABC7 News.

Early reports are conflicting, as CNBC quoted Steve Coleman, spokesman for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, as saying that the pilot reported the engine fire, but rescue trucks found no evidence of a fire, and the plane was being examined.

But a Twitter post confirmed there was a “number 2 engine fire,” but no injuries occurred.

This comes on the same day as an American Airlines flight had to make an emergency landing in St. Louis, due to a potential bomb threat.

The New York Fire Department tweeted that the fire was now under control.

Witnesses from other planes reported the incident on Twitter also. Alice X. Zhang shared the following:

So many people were asking permission to use her photos, she just gave “blanket permission.”

Another witness apparently captured a video of the moment of the explosion. Translated into English, the message reads: “We are all fine! He was filming the takeoff and suddenly exploded and set fire to the right engine dl plane. Very well managed the situation x the crew. Thank God it did not happen 5 minutes later.”


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