All passengers had to deplane after a fire broke out outside an American Airlines flight at Sea-Tac Airport Monday morning.
Instagram user Nick Curry posted a video that showed smoke billowing near the American Airlines flight 143 to Dallas-Fort Worth Airport. The plane is a Boeing 737-800.
Sea-Tac Airport spokesman Perry Cooper said a ground start unit that is used to help start the engines caught fire at about 8:30 a.m. The starter hooks up to the aircraft externally, and when it caught fire, it was pulled away from the plane.
Port of Seattle fire responded and doused the flames. Everyone deplaned safely.
There was no damage to the aircraft.
The flight, which was scheduled to leave at 7:43 a.m., was at first delayed until 10:52 a.m., according to FlightAware.com.
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A piece of airplane-service equipment caught fire Monday morning at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, causing one flight to be delayed by almost four hours.
Sea-Tac spokesman Perry Cooper said an air-starter — used to jump-start airplane engines — caught fire around 8:30 a.m. at gate D7. No one was injured in the fire.
Cooper said the air-starter was pulled away from the plane and terminal by the ground crew, and the fire was quickly put out by the Port of Seattle Fire Department.
The affected flight, American Airlines Flight 143, was rescheduled to depart at 12:18 p.m., Cooper said.
Cooper said no other airport operations were disrupted by the fire.
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