Plane Caught Fire while at Gate in Kazakhstan Airport


Imagine you wait to board your plane in an airport and the man made bird already has arrived to the gate, so the boarding is about to begin. Then in an instant the Boeing 737 catches on huge fire with flames bursting thru its top. This is what happened a few days ago in Kazakhstan airport. Happily, nobody was injured except one Latvian engineer who worked for a local air company. More photos and videos are inside:

boeing_737_02They say that the reasons why this happened are still unclear. Some say the oxygen balloon ¬†exploded (the one that feeds the emergency masks).boeing_737_03>Also they say that the aircraft was totaled and won’t be repaired.
Video from inside the airport:
And from outside:

7 thoughts on “Plane Caught Fire while at Gate in Kazakhstan Airport”

  1. Consider the plane a total write-off. Perhaps the B737 should be recalled. Lucky this didn’t happen during the flight.

  2. The explanation is odd – emergency oxygen for passengers is not stored as pressurized gas but produced when needed by a chemical oxygen generator. Mistranslation?

    The reaction is exothermic so they could probably ignite something flammable next to them. This happened on ValuJet Flight 592 but with an oxygen generator transported as *cargo*, when installed in their proper positions it shouldn’t be possible (unless the generator itself explodes).

  3. aairfccha, you must be a Mayday TV series fan. You’re right, but:
    1. It’s very unlikely that some oxygen generator will go off on its own.
    2. There still are some crew oxygen supply oxygen tanks.

  4. There are many different scenarios that could have caused an oxygen related fire on an aircraft. None of which have anything to do with the aircraft manufacturer. In my experience, I would guess that this is a faulty maintenance related issue.

  5. As a matter of fact. If you follow the damage down the fuselage, you would find the position of the crew oxygen cylinder. Located just forward of the forward baggage compartment. At least, that’s the location on the 737’s I work on.


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