Emirates aircraft catches fire at NAIA

November 7, 2011 10:37 pm 

MANILA, Nov. 7 — The Boeing B777-300 aircraft of the Emirates Air flight EK-333 bound for Dubai caught fire on Sunday afternoon at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport terminal 1 as it was preparing for push back at boarding gate 5, the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) said Monday.

The Emirates’ 14 flight crew and two pilots onboard quickly responded by putting off the fire at 5:53 p.m. with its fire extinguisher, reports said.

The incident occurred shortly after its 358 passengers were already boarding, when smoke engulfed the rear end or tail end of the plane due to short circuit of auxiliary power unit at the air-conditioning system of the aircraft.

MIAA fire trucks and rescue unit rushed to the ramp bay 5 area as a standard operation procedures to prevent further damage to the plane.

No injuries were reported.

Reports said the passengers were hauled back to the boarding area and waited for the aircraft’s repair.

The Emirates maintenance people has managed to fix the damaged part for several hours until flight EK-333 eventually took off at 8:37 p.m. Sunday. (PNA) DCT/BLV/utb

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