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Star Alliance A340 Blackened by Flames at Frankfurt Airport

Posted: Mon Jun 11, 2018 1:22 pm
by howie
Star Alliance A340 Blackened by Flames at Frankfurt Airport

A Star Alliance plane was engulfed by flames at Frankfurt Airport when the truck towing the aircraft caught fire during a push-back. Six people have been treated with various injuries – according to a Frankfurt Airport spokesman.

The incident reportedly occurred during a ‘pushback’ where an aircraft is pushed backwards away from the airport gate by a towing vehicle to avoid the aeroplane having to use its engine jets close to the terminal.

The blaze surrounded the Lufthansa Airbus A340’s cockpit while it was being moved near an airport terminal. Fire crews raced to douse the inferno – which left the plane’s exterior completely blackened.

Thick black smoke could be seen emerging from the aircraft as it remained stationary near the terminal. It is unclear whether any passengers or staff were aboard the aircraft when the blaze broke out.

Aviation news site JACDEC claimed the plane suffered heat damage – but was only blackened during the fire.

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Re: Star Alliance A340 Blackened by Flames at Frankfurt Airport

Posted: Mon Jun 11, 2018 2:28 pm
by Bell 407
That's not good at all :crazy1:

Re: Star Alliance A340 Blackened by Flames at Frankfurt Airport

Posted: Tue Jun 12, 2018 7:37 am
by thabo
Lot worse than just heat damage.

Lloyds of London will have to get their checkbook out.

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Re: Star Alliance A340 Blackened by Flames at Frankfurt Airport

Posted: Tue Jun 12, 2018 9:04 am
by thabo
I understand that Taxibot is not yet certified for A340 operation so this would have been a regular tug.

Re: Star Alliance A340 Blackened by Flames at Frankfurt Airport

Posted: Tue Jun 12, 2018 9:43 am
by Bell 407
Thabo, that looks like a write-off for sure? Sell the other parts behind the fire to recoup some costs perhaps?

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Re: Star Alliance A340 Blackened by Flames at Frankfurt Airport

Posted: Tue Jun 12, 2018 1:18 pm
by Bell 407
Bell 407 wrote:
Tue Jun 12, 2018 9:43 am
Thabo, that looks like a write-off for sure? Sell the other parts behind the fire to recoup some costs perhaps?
Confirmed as a write-off :crybaby:

Re: Star Alliance A340 Blackened by Flames at Frankfurt Airport

Posted: Tue Jun 12, 2018 1:20 pm
by thabo
This damage is beyond my skill level.

Re: Star Alliance A340 Blackened by Flames at Frankfurt Airport

Posted: Wed Jun 13, 2018 10:10 am
by Propnut
:lol: Thabo +1