A United Airlines plane caught fire before take-off at Sea-Tac Airport, Seattle.
Passengers have been safely evacuated after a United
Airlines plane caught fire shortly before take-off.
The Seattle Times reports that firefighters responding
yesterday discovered flames coming from the auxiliary power unit of United
flight 776, a
Boeing 757 that was scheduled to depart at 10.30pm, bound for Dulles
International Airport in Washington, D.C.
Sea-Tac spokesman Perry Cooper says firefighters
extinguished the flames, and the plane was evacuated. A preliminary
investigation indicated that the fire might be traceable to residual oil in the
auxiliary power unit, which is located in the plane's tail.
The plane was towed to cargo services for further
United's website indicated that the flight's passengers
were to be put on another plane a couple of hours later.
The plane that caught fire came to Sea-Tac from Chicago's
O'Hare International Airport, the airline's website said.
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