Caught On Tape: Passengers Horrified As American Airlines Plane Catches Fire At Gate

Tyler Durden's picture

Being dragged off a plane may not be the biggest fear for travellers nowadays...

As passengers waited patiently to board their American Airlines flight from Hong Kong to LA, a few, then all, suddenly noticed the plane  - parked close to the terminal - had caught fire.

As The Mirror reports, footage from inside the airport shows families, including a young child, looking at the huge flames through the glass.

Many people recorded the extraordinary scene on their mobile phones.

One man was injured as he tried to escape the flames, and is being treated for non-life threatening injuries.

The fire was put out by firefighters as passengers watched the drama from the safety of the terminal building.

A spokesman for American Airlines said: "An external piece of loading equipment had a mechanical issue and caught fire while preparing to put cargo in the hold of American Airlines flight 192 from Hong Kong (HKG) to Los Angeles (LAX).

"As a result, a pallet on the loading equipment containing non-hazardous goods also caught fire.


"No passengers or crew were onboard or injured.


"The operator of loading equipment is being looked after by medical professionals with non-life threatening injuries.


"Flight AA192 has been cancelled and customers have been rebooked on other flights."

So that's reassuring then...


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Shitonya Serfs's picture

Surprised they let them de-board the plane, since they had already pulled away from the gate. Guess it's because they weren't in Mother USSA.

MagicHandPuppet's picture

Moozy luggage exploded prematurely.  Poor engineering.

Ghost of Porky's picture

Jet fuel too expensive. Switching to coal.

Cognitive Dissonance's picture

I just love that the 'jet' fuel is called 'jet fuel' when in fact it is essentially kerosene with additives to prevent thickening at extreme low temperatures found at 35k-42k feet.

That kerosene heater in your living room could fly on the stuff it is burning.

Lumberjack's picture

I knew a pilot that used Jet-A in his diesel pickup. Once a month he would get a 55 gallon drum or so from the airport fuel farm. This fuel was leftover from the daily tests done by the operatiors. They take 2 gallon samples from the tanks each morning and test it for water contamination. The samples are poured into waste drums. Great winter time fuel and free!

Another man used it in his home oil heating system.

Manthong's picture


Maybe it’s just me, but I would tend to immediately be putting some distance between me and fires on or under a jetliner.

OK, it’s not the wing, but you never know…….


NoDebt's picture

"I'll have that Newsweek Magazine and uh.... the second time bomb from the left."


MANvsMACHINE's picture

Flight Attendant: "We have a special addition to the menu today. In addition to the plastic-like tasteless chicken and over-boiled pasta, we are serving barbecued plastic-like chicken and deeply baked over-boiled pasta."

Muddy1's picture

Title of article:  Passengers Horrified as American Airlines Plane Catches Fire at Gate

Reality:  It was a piece of equipment and a pallet of stuff that caught fire.  PERIOD, More sensational click bait and dishonest "journalism" .

The Alarmist's picture

Looks like the pallet, not the loader, is on fire. Dollars to donuts says it is someone's poorly packed Boosted Board or something with a shorted lithium pack.

Stuck on Zero's picture

The truthful headline would not be good clickbait: "Bored Passengers in Terminal Find Some Amusement in Equipment Blaze."

a Smudge by any other name's picture

No shibbit. The Tylers are getting worse and worse. Outright fabrication like this, blatantly misquoting sources (no, paraphrasing what somebody said doesn't qualify it for quotation marks, not even single quotes) and an increasingly sloppy style usually indicative of senility or alcohol abuse.

El Oregonian's picture

A much needed "Distraction" goes off prematurely... On to Plan B.

Ima anal sphincter's picture

It's not even the aircraft. It's a can on the aft belly loader. Come on now!!!

Syrin's picture

Did they try turning it off and back on?

armageddon addahere's picture

When you see news happening - RUN

Manthong's picture


I know a guy (pretty wealthy) had a garage on his property where he parked his luxury bus and the diesel Mecredes(s).

He had an “understanding” with the local heating oil operator… they filled his two 250 gal. storage tanks and were not concerned where the different colored, lower taxed fuel went.

robertocarlos's picture

Fuel shouldn't be taxed. But why is a rich guy avoiding taxes. Entitled ass.

Inevitability's picture

errr... That's why he's rich, see?

Wrenching Away's picture

Just don't get caught with red fuel in your truck on the road, they will bend you over for that. I think there are even uv detectors installed at weigh stations in some states. You can get away with almost anything in this country, but don't try to cheat the tax man (unless you are a 1% er)

SilverRhino's picture

Red diesel in a road vehicle is no joke.  

lasvegaspersona's picture

and yet crashing planes blow up in flames as if the were loaded with gasoline...with enough energy delivered I guess almost anything will!

Consuelo's picture



I always thought the smell of charcoal lighter fluid was the most similar to burning Jet-A...   Is it more 'refined' than straight kerosene...?



doctor10's picture

...premature jihadulation...

SafelyGraze's picture

this is why people at airports should not be allowed to record with their phones 

Lumberjack's picture

Shelter in place was heard over the loudspeakers.

Shropshire Lad's picture

The report says there was no crew or passengers on board the plane.. The plane did not catch fire -- it was the stuff they were about to load which caught fire. 

DavidFL's picture

Perhaps re-read the story and look at the pics. The aircraft was at the gate undergoing ground operations. P.S. The aircraft was not on fire. Just another story written for sensationalism.

nickt1y's picture

They don't usually load plane after they leave the gate. Read thr F'ing article moron. It's really short and uses simple words.

TemporarySecurity's picture

Texting / smoking while driving baggage fork lift.

post turtle saver's picture

fucking click bait, the plane wasn't on fire in any way shape or form... the loader had a hydraulic failure and caught the load on fire _outside of the plane_

nmewn's picture

Noticed the same thing, big difference. 

Tin .Cup's picture

fake news ZH. Come on.  Attention grabbing headline and just plane (sic) wrong and completely misleading.

Get too carried away and end up joining the drift to tabloid rubbish.

onewayticket2's picture

"Blackened Chicken or Blackened Fish?"

MagicHandPuppet's picture

Minor setback.  I'm sure AA had that plane back in the air within the hour ;)

Jus7tme's picture

A luggage truck or loading device caught fire...

Grandad Grumps's picture

AA maintenance of its equipment?

ToSoft4Truth's picture

Stop selling cigarettes and lighters to Terrorists? 

az_patriot's picture

The PLANE DIDN'T CATCH FIRE.  It was an external piece of equipment.  Must we really have all these bullshit headlines?

Hal n back's picture

Amen-too much hype and fake news.

DarthVaderMentor's picture

Yes we must. We're all now addicted to Fake News from mobile phone videos thanks to the Globalist Socialist Leftist Elitist Drones. 

zvzzt's picture

Exactly. People, please buy a LiPo safe bag and take batteries in the cabin and not in the hold. Save your ilfe and the 300 others on board.... Luckily many airlines are making it mandatory. Unfortunately, most people are totally ignorant of the potential dangers of modern high power batteries. 

Bloody Fkn Muppet's picture

Someone didn't calibrate the altimeter in their luggage right, should've happened at 40,000 feet.

SpanishGoop's picture

And of course instead of running away from a burning jet-fuel bomb we take out our phone and start shooting a video.


Call me chicken but i would have gone for a coffee at the far end of that terminal.



Shitonya Serfs's picture

But when it's a life-threatening False-Flag event, seems people are too shaken to take pics/vids. Weird.