Video: Passengers jump onto airliner wing as Boeing engine goes up in flames
Some passengers jumped onto the opposite wing of a commercial airliner when they saw fire coming out of one of the engines as it was preparing for take-off.
The engine of the Boeing 737 operated by Russia's Utair caught fire as the plane was being pushed back from the terminal prior to take off. The incident was captured on video and shared on Instagram.
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Utair Boeing 737 engine catches fire on runway just before takeoff. The engine on a Utair Boeing 737 flight from Moscow to Makhachkala caught fire on the runway just before takeoff at Moscow's Vnukovo airport. Flames burst out from the right engine and passengers demanded the flight be stopped. According to the airline, an airflow interruption caused the fire while the turbine was revving up before takeoff. Luckily, no one was injured. #utair #moscow #vnukovoairport #boeing737 #boeing #plane
A flight attendant can be heard delivering safety instructions over the loudspeaker.
Two men and a woman seated in the emergency exit row reportedly opened the emergency exit and climbed out onto the wing, according to local media.
The Utair Boeing 737 was due to fly from Moscow’s Vnukovo International Airport to Makhachkala, in the southwest of Russia.
When passengers saw flames bursting out from the right engine, they demanded that the flight be stopped. Cabin crew assured the passengers this was “normal,” according to local media reports.
According to the airline, an "airflow interruption" caused the fire while the turbine was revving up before takeoff.
No one was injured. All 202 passengers, including crew members, were moved to another aircraft.
The passengers who jumped onto the wing were reportedly detained for questioning.