Plane catches fire as it comes in to land

This is the moment when an aircraft engine caught fire as it landed.

Dramatic photos taken by Tony Johnson at East Midlands Airport show a fire starting from one of the engines when it came into the country from Leipzig.

The 51-year-old plane observer reveals that he was in the area to photograph another plane that was delayed.

Tony turned his attention to the arrival of the Boeing 747 Kalitta Air and said he hoped to get a nice picture of the plane landing in the water.

Tony from Nottingham said, “I saw the plane touch down and pressed the multi-shot function on my camera.

“When I looked through the viewfinder, I saw a bright flash from the engine area and thought, what was that?

“At first I thought it might have been a bird strike, these things were happening.

“I finished looking at the photos and to my surprise it rolled to the gate as usual – as if nothing had happened.

“I couldn’t believe what I caught on camera, I was so happy – this is a one-of-a-kind photo.

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“The engine may have taken in too much water that day due to the weather conditions.

“I was so busy with people texting me about the photo.

“I even thanked one of the pilots personally for the photos I took.

“It was lucky, I was in the right place at the right time.”

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The American cargo plane Kalitta Air said there were no indications from the cockpit during the landing.

The crew on board the aircraft were unaware of the fire in the engine until airport officials notified them.

A Kalitta Air spokesman said, “Although it will take some inspections to determine the cause of the engine compressor stalling, claims that it was ingestion by birds or foreign objects could be a cause.

“Once we have the results of this inspection, a decision will be made on what action to take.”

Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Services said he had been called to the airport but the crews were dropped off and the incident was handled by a local crew.

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