Lufthansa A340 Aircraft Damaged by a Pushback Truck Fire
Lufthansa Airbus A340-300 damaged by towing truck fire at Frankfurt Airport. The Lufthansa LEOS towing truck caught fire while bringing Aircraft from maintenance facilities at the the Airport to a gate, where it was scheduled to fly to Philadelphia emergency crew rushed to extinguish the flames. People of the World, the incident occurred during pushback, where an aircraft is pushed back by a towing truck as most planes are not able to move backward by themselves. There were no passengers or crew on board, however, 10 people got affected by smoke and are receiving treatment. The Airbus A340-300 is under inspection to know if the aircraft can be repaired.
Posted by Almamy Kalumanzillaa Jakasta Alladin on Monday, June 11, 2018
A plane cockpit has been damaged after a truck towing the aircraft burst into flames.
The Airbus A340-300 was being towed away from a terminal at Frankfurt Airport in Germany on Monday morning when the blaze took hold.
Fire crews rushed to douse the flames, with photographs of the scene showing the tow truck on fire and flames rising to the cockpit area of the plane, blackening its exterior.
The incident reportedly occurred during a ‘pushback’ where an aircraft is pushed backwards away from the airport gate by a towing vehicle to avoid the aeroplane having to use its engine jets close to the terminal.
🇩🇪 Incendie impressionnant lors du push-back d’un Airbus A340 de Lufthansa à Francfort ce matin.
Aucun blessé, le feu s’est déclaré sur l’appareil de repoussage de l’avion.
— air plus News (@airplusnews) June 11, 2018
Lufthansa Airbus A340-300 (D-AIFA) sustained unknown heat damage whilst under tow at Frankfurt Airport (EDDF) when the connected tug caught fire below it. The reason for the fire is unknown yet. pic.twitter.com/vADKnxuwdE
— JACDEC (@JacdecNew) June 11, 2018
According to Bloomberg, the plane was empty at the time, but 10 maintenance crew workers were taken to hospital for smoke inhalation.
Aviation news site JACDEC is reporting the aircraft suffered heat damage and was only sooted during the fire.
“The amount of aircraft damage was considered minor, if any,” it tweeted.
A Frankfurt Airport spokesman confirmed to local German media the fire was limited to the towing vehicle.
“Aeroplanes or facilities of the airport were not affected by the fire.”
The fire was reportedly cleared quickly and did not impact air traffic control or travellers.
Star Alliance has 28 member airlines including Lufthansa, Turkish Airlines and Brussels Airlines.
Bloomberg is reporting Lufthansa was moving the plane at the time of the incident in preparation for a flight to Philadelphia.
Lufthansa has been contacted for comment.