A potentially catastrophic accident was prevented by quick-thinking airport personnel on a tarmac in a coastal city in the Middle East.
Disaster was averted in Egypt when a portion of an airliner occupied by nearly 200 passengers and crew burst into flames just moments after it touched down and taxied to a stop, according to the U.K.’s Daily Mail.
Hydraulic fluid leak on hot brakes
The passenger jet was a Boeing 737–800 operated by Ukrainian airline SkyUp that originated from Zaporizhzhia in Ukraine and landed at the seaside resort city of Sharm El-Sheihk near the southern tip of Sinai Peninsula in Egypt.
Shortly after landing and coming to a stop at a parking stand, a fire erupted on the left landing gear underneath the wing of the aircraft.
The fire was reportedly caused by hydraulic fluid that leaked onto the hot brakes of the landing gear and subsequently ignited.
Ground crew workers quickly put out the blaze before it could spread, and the 189 passengers and seven crew members on board were able to disembark without any injuries.
Incident caught on video
As can be seen in the video, the fire burned for nearly a minute before ground crew workers arrived with fire extinguishers to put out the threatening flames.
Amazingly, the plane was reportedly back in service and flying again just a short time later.
Heroic ground crew
The Daily Mail reported that, according to a spokesperson for Egypt’s civil aviation ministry, the fire “could have turned into a disaster” that might have placed the lives of everyone in jeopardy.
Had the ground crew workers not acted so promptly and professionally, the blaze could easily have spread to other parts of the aircraft. Thankfully, that didn’t happen and everyone involved remained safe and unharmed.