British Airways fire: Firefighters tackle dramatic blaze on BA passenger plane to London

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Emergency crews at Copenhagen Airport, Denmark, had to spray flame-retardant foam on the jet’s engine and wheels on Wednesday July 6.

Dramatic scenes show firefighters tackling a fire on a British Airways passenger plane which would have flown to London.

Emergency crews at Copenhagen Airport, Denmark, had to spray flame-retardant foam on the jet’s engine and wheels on Wednesday July 6.

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Dramatic scenes show firefighters tackling a fire on a British Airways passenger plane on Wednesday. Photo: SWNSDramatic scenes show firefighters tackling a fire on a British Airways passenger plane on Wednesday. Photo: SWNS
Dramatic scenes show firefighters tackling a fire on a British Airways passenger plane on Wednesday. Photo: SWNS | Gabe Gudgel / SWNS

Gabe Gudgel, from Oklahoma City, who was meant to be on the flight, explained: “We were waiting for our flight to board and it was delayed a few minutes.

“Then, as the plane had landed and it was approaching our gate, the wheel burst into flames and would not stop smoking.

Dramatic scenes show firefighters tackling a fire on a British Airways passenger plane on Wednesday. Photo: SWNSDramatic scenes show firefighters tackling a fire on a British Airways passenger plane on Wednesday. Photo: SWNS
Dramatic scenes show firefighters tackling a fire on a British Airways passenger plane on Wednesday. Photo: SWNS | Gabe Gudgel / SWNS

“That’s when fire trucks and ambulances all surrounded the plane and started hosing it down.

“I believe everyone that was in the plane got out safely.

Dramatic scenes show firefighters tackling a fire on a British Airways passenger plane on Wednesday. Photo: SWNSDramatic scenes show firefighters tackling a fire on a British Airways passenger plane on Wednesday. Photo: SWNS
Dramatic scenes show firefighters tackling a fire on a British Airways passenger plane on Wednesday. Photo: SWNS | Gabe Gudgel / SWNS

“We waited for a couple hours while they were still spraying it down.

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“They were spraying water on the wheel for about 20 minutes and it was still burning.

Dramatic scenes show firefighters tackling a fire on a British Airways passenger plane on Wednesday. Photo: SWNSDramatic scenes show firefighters tackling a fire on a British Airways passenger plane on Wednesday. Photo: SWNS
Dramatic scenes show firefighters tackling a fire on a British Airways passenger plane on Wednesday. Photo: SWNS | Gabe Gudgel / SWNS

“Then they finally cancelled the flight and we left. Wild day!”

A British Airways spokesperson said: “Fire services were called to assist with the aircraft on landing into Copenhagen.

“All customers and crew disembarked the BA820 safely. We would never operate an aircraft unless it was safe to do so.”

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Gabe had earlier posted online: “It looks like our flight from Copenhagen to London on British Airway might be a bit delayed.

“Now it looks like they’re spraying down the wing and inspecting the engine.”

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