Small plane bursts into flames on California runway
All passengers and crew managed to leave the aircraft before it was completely engulfed by flames.
A twin-engine Cessna Citation jet suddenly aborted its takeoff at Oroville Municipal Airport in Northern California, slid off the runway and caught fire, Los Angeles Times reports.
The jet had two pilots and eight passengers on board, all of whom managed to escape the flames without injury, according to Oroville’s fire and police chief, Joe Deal.
“They were out of the plane quickly,” spokesman for the Butte County Fire Department Rick Carhart was quoted as saying by the newspaper. “The people had already gotten off and vacated the area very quickly” by the time the first fire brigade arrived at the scene.
As a result of the accident, the fuselage of the aircraft was broken into two parts and burned out almost completely.
Earlier, an electronic cigarette caused a fire to erupt onboard a plane flying from New York to Houston.