Terrifying moment huge flames rip through a Boeing 777 in China

Terrifying moment huge flames rip through a Boeing 777 as it parks on the tarmac of a Chinese airport

  • Shocking footage shows the burning aircraft covered in blaze and black smoke
  • The Ethiopian Airlines cargo plane caught the fire today at an airport in Shanghai
  • No injuries or deaths have been reported by authorities as the time of writing 
  • Officials are said to be conducting an investigation into the cause of the incident

A Boeing 777 plane burst into flames today in front of shocked passengers while being parked in one of the busiest airports in China. 

The cargo plane belonging to Ethiopian Airlines caught the fire at around 4pm local time on the tarmac of Shanghai Pudong International Airport, according to authorities.

The fire was put off about an hour later, said the local authorities. No injuries or deaths have been reported as of writing.

An investigation into the cause of the incident is said to be underway.

Shocking footage shows smoke and flames engulfing the Boeing 777 while several emergency vehicles were rushing towards the burning aircraft.

The aircraft, registered as ET-ARH, was a cargo plane owned by Ethiopian Airlines, according to a statement from the international carrier.

It  was scheduled to fly to Addis Ababa in Ethiopia for transfer before arriving in Sao Paulo of Brazil, the notice said.

No injuries or deaths have been found in the incident, according to Shanghai Fire Brigade. 

Eighteen fire trucks were called to the scene for rescue, said the local authorities. The fire was put off at about 5pm. 

Local aviation authorities have launched an investigation into the cause of the fire, said the air company.

The news comes as Ethiopian Airlines has experienced a similar fire in 2013 while a Boeing-787 Dreamliner parking on the tarmac.

All runways were closed for nearly 90 minutes after the fire. No passengers were aboard the plane at the time, a Heathrow spokesman.

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