Airplane Appeared to Catch on Fire at Nashville International Airport
A Canadair Regional Jet CRJ-200 aircraft — intended to carry 50 passengers and three members of the flight crew to Cincinnati — was towed back to the gate at Nashville International Airport at approximately 6:45 in the morning earlier today when it appeared to catch on fire while it was on the tarmac.
The airplane was operated by SkyWest Airlines as Delta Air Lines flight 4811. Matt Miller took photographs of the incident and posted it to his Twitter account, as shown below:
Awkward moment when your plane catches on fire. pic.twitter.com/SDOzj6UII0
— Matt Miller (@thematt_miller) August 7, 2015
The following statement was released from Delta Air Lines in response to the incident: “We are working to help customers resume their travel as quickly as possible. The safety of our customers and SkyWest people is our top priority.”
Traffic at the airport was not disrupted during the incident, as the flight was eventually cancelled; and there were no reports of fatalities or injuries. The flame reportedly lasted only a few seconds and abated on its own. The aircraft is being inspected by technicians, as the cause of the flame is still unknown at this time.
Source: From the Twitter account of Matt Miller.