Runway fire sparks Melbourne Airport emergency

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  1. WilliamQ

    WilliamQ Gold Member

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    Debris falling out of a plane during take-off at Melbourne Airport left spot fires burning across the runway, causing all flights to be suspended.

    Melbourne Airport spokeswoman Anna Gillett said the aircraft did not catch fire, and said initial reports indicated engine failure caused the Vietnam Airways plane to break down.

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    “There was an issue with a departing Vietnam Airlines flight, and as a result of that the aircraft became disabled,” she told Fairfax Media.

    Ms Gillett said the fire was the result of debris that came out of the aircraft, and that the heavy smoke was due to the plane braking suddenly.

    “Because of the force in the plane, things get fairly hot, and that’s why they generally catch fire. The debris caught fire as it hit the ground, leaving spot fires on the runway.”

    She said the plane broke down at the intersection of “our two runways, which is why we had to suspend all flights for the safety of everyone”.

    Eight incoming flights were diverted to other airports.

    The aircraft has since been taken to the parking bay for a clean-up, Ms Gillett said. All flights have resumed.

    Peter, a passenger on the Vietnam Airlines plane, called ABC 774’s Jon Faine while he was still stuck on the aircraft.

    “We’re on the runway, it’s starting to move again, but we’ve been stopped for about half-an-hour or so. Not sure what’s going on,” he said.

    Peter said passengers were informed that the aircraft had experienced engine failure just as it was about to take off. He said everyone was safe “but a little anxious and shaky”.

    He estimated the plane was about three-quarters full at the time.

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    Engine failure on Vietnamese airliner closes Melbourne airport

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    Melbourne airport in southeastern Australia was shut briefly on Tuesday after engine failure on a Vietnamese Airlines Airbus A330 spread debris across the runway

    An explosive engine failure on a Vietnamese airliner showered fiery debris across a runway at Australia’s second busiest airport on Tuesday, preventing planes landing and taking off for 40 minutes, an official said.

    The malfunction happened as Vietnam Airlines Flight 780 was preparing to take off on a flight to Ho Chi Minh City, Melbourne Airport spokeswoman Anna Gillett said.

    The twin-engine Airbus A330 came to rest at the intersection of the airport’s two runways, blocking all traffic for 40 minutes until 11.30am local time, she said. No one was injured.

    “The issue also resulted in some debris from the plane causing some spot fires on the runaway and surrounding area,” Gillett said.

    “There are some rumours that the aircraft itself was ablaze with fire – that’s not the case,” she added.

    A passenger, who identified himself only as Peter, told Australian Broadcasting Corporation radio that the jet’s nose had begun lifting for takeoff when the engine failed, forcing the pilots to abort the flight.

    He was unsure how many people were aboard, but said the plane was three-quarters full.

    An airline official in Melbourne declined to comment.

    Media reports later said flights had resumed and the airport was operating normally

    Gillett said the cause of the engine failure was under investigation.
     
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    My favorite part: “Because of the force in the plane, things get fairly hot, and that’s why they generally catch fire." Things that get hot catch fire? Yes, generally.:rolleyes:
     

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