Mon, Jun 30, 2008
Aircraft Seriously Damaged, No Injuries Reported
The pilot and co-pilot aboard an ABX Air/Airborne Express
Boeing 767 freighter escaped injury Saturday evening when the
cockpit of the aircraft caught fire while parked at San Francisco
The aircraft was parked in a hangar near a mail processing
facility when the fire started just after 2200 Saturday
According to Duty Manager Lilly Wang, people began pointing to
heavy black smoke coming out of an area behind the cockpit. Neither
the pilot or the co-pilot aboard were injured, though the co-pilot
did go to the hospital.
According to Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Bruce
Nelson, the hangar is located in a part of the airport "far away
from regular traffic" though officials temporarily closed roads
into the airport for about ten minutes while emergency crews
responded to the scene.
The fire forced more than 100 people to evacuate from a nearby
building as black smoke billowed into the air from the intense
flames that seriously damaged the aircraft.
"You can actually see through the top of the aircraft. It spread
all the way through," said Wang.
It took firefighters two hours to fully extinguish the blaze.
Landings and takeoffs of passenger airplanes at the airport were
not affected by the incident.
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