A tourist plane carrying 321 people has seen its engine burst into flames at 120mph and tires explode on takeoff in Thailand
A FULL tourist plane’s engine bursts into flames and tires explode in a horror takeoff from Thailand.
The pilot had to abruptly abort his attempt to get the plane airborne after flames began spewing from one of the engines.
The plane was packed with 309 passengers and 12 crew members as it began to descend the runway at Phuket International Airport.
It is reported that there was then a “loud bang” as fire began to belch from the engine.
The pilot aborted his takeoff – and everyone on board had to wait for a new plane.
Dramatic images and footage showed the Boeing 767-306ER being hit by sudden fire due to an “engine burst”.
The landing gear also burst into flames on the same right side of the plane as the plane aborted its departure, reports said.
Putin’s airline industry is understood to be struggling while Russia deals with sanctions over the war in Ukraine.
This 26-year-old plane, operated by charter company Azur Air, was en route from Phuket International Airport to Moscow when it was struck by the drama.
The passengers on board included families of men hiding from Putin’s mobilization decree.
Some had left their men in Thailand – regarded by Russia as a “friendly” country – amid suspicions of a new round of conscription.
Other men returned to Russia after running out of money, despite fears they might be mobilized and sent to the front lines in a feared new forced recruitment drive.
The images and footage show the terrifying twin problems on the plane, which had a total of 321 on board.
“The airline’s technical specialists have already started work to eliminate the disruptions,” the Russian airline said in a statement.
“Passengers on flight ZF-3604 will be provided with a hotel, hot meals and soft drinks while awaiting departure for Moscow.”
Passengers were told they would now be flying on a replacement aircraft on Sunday.
“The vacation continues,” posted one.
“Initially, the take-off was normal,” a passenger told Izvestia.
“But then there was a wave and I heard crackling.
“When the passengers exited the plane, it was clear that the plane’s landing gear was damaged.”
According to one report, the plane had been about to take off at 120 mph when problems began to surface.
On Wednesday, a senior Russian aviation official said Western-made planes – which are currently not receiving normal service in Russian due to sanctions – can operate until 2030.
“I am confident that flying has not become more dangerous – and it has nothing to do with the presence or absence of original spare parts,” said Alexander Neradko, head of Russia’s federal aviation agency.
He demanded that people stop calling “cannibalization” the way planes in Russia are kept flying by using spare parts from other planes.
“It came about at the behest of those who have never worked in civil aviation and who do not know that the practice of swapping serviceable spare parts from jet to jet was always widespread, even in Soviet times,” he claimed.
https://www.the-sun.com/news/7312376/tourist-plane-engine-burst-into-flames/ A tourist plane carrying 321 people has seen its engine burst into flames at 120mph and tires explode on takeoff in Thailand