Plane catches fire at US airport

The Bombardier CRJ-700 jet on the tarmac, with the left engine in flames.
The Bombardier CRJ-700 jet on the tarmac, with the left engine in flames. PHOTO: TWITTER/@RAIYANSYED

DENVER • A United Airlines flight landed at Denver airport with one of its engines on fire. No one was injured and all passengers were evacuated safely, Denver International Airport said.

Pictures on social media showed the Bombardier CRJ-700 jet on the tarmac, with the left engine in flames. Britain's Telegraph quoted United Airlines as saying that flight 5869 from Colorado, operated by code-share partner SkyWest Airlines, "experienced engine issues" after landing safely. "All 59 passengers and crew members safely deplaned the aircraft and were transported to the terminal," the airline said.

Local news outlet 9News said 63 people were on board, including four crew members.

In a tweet, the airport said the fire was being investigated. "Arriving SkyWest flight 5869 was reported on fire, all passengers evacuated safely with no injuries. Denver Fire is on scene assessing."

One passenger, who tweeted a picture of the plane, said the engine caught fire after landing. "Quick and immediate response. First responders on runway. Huge thanks to pilot and crew for helping get passengers off safe," the passenger said.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 04, 2017, with the headline 'Plane catches fire at US airport'. Print Edition | Subscribe