US Airways Jet Catches Fire At Burbank Airport With 72 Passengers On Board

BURBANK (CBS) — Passengers were safely evacuated from a jet that caught fire Sunday morning at Bob Hope Airport in Burbank.

The US Airways Airbus jet was preparing to depart with 72 passengers on board, said a representative for the airport.

Prior to takeoff, there was in indication of fire in an engine. The emergency call came in just after 7 a.m.

Burbank Fire Chief Frank Walbert said the on-board fire extinguisher system was activated and the fire was put out.

Shortly after 8 a.m. all passengers were reported safely off the aircraft, which was being moved to a vacant area of the airport.

There were no injuries.

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  1. Timothy McGarry says:

    Great. Now they burst into flames at will.

  2. Den P says:

    Yikes! Only 72 passengers. Is US Airways going to be the next airline to file for bankruptcy?

  3. Brian Harrington says:

    did the get any compenstation like an up grade or did they get a cheesey voucher and werent given a thanks for flying US AIR
    the best next thing is sue for mental distress

  4. Mark MCEvoy says:

    Brian a major problem with the USA is that people are lawsuit happy. Time to restrict these frivolous lawsuits. The passengers should be pleased that the safety procedures worked as they should, and everyone was safely evacuated. I am sure US Airways gave some compensation for their inconvenience, and accommodated all pax on a future flight.

  5. Tomarsha says:

    Actually they did not give or offer any kind of compensation. I asked and Martina (the ticketing agent) said NO!

    1. Mark MCEvoy says:

      How long did it take to re-accommodate the pax?

  6. Jethro Tull says:

    Interesting. A mix of A320 and 737 videos here. Which plane had the hiccup?

  7. me_yoo says:

    Aircraft N836AW had an “engine failure” message on it’s ECAM (Electronic Centralized Aircraft Monitoring) display during takeoff roll. the captain aborted the takeoff and alerted the tower of the situation and and the fire department responded. No fire indication was given in the flight deck and so no on-board fire extinguishing system was activated. Since the engine had a failure it automatically shut down, the residual fuel in the combustion chamber was left to smolder causeing smoke to vent from the inlet and tailpipe. The fire department deployed a halon type extinguishing agent into the core and inlet of the engine in the effort of preventing a possible fire in the engine. This contaminated the engine with chemicals that are corrosive to the materials inside the engine, it also caused a cold shock to a rather hot engine, about 560c. The engine was replaced and the affected engine is now in quarantine awaiting further investigation.

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