Update: see the bottom of the post for an official statement from Etihad
Well this doesn’t look good. Apparently an Etihad A380 refueling truck caught fire in Abu Dhabi, and it looks like it was awfully close to the plane at the time of the incident. Via @LebanesePlaneS on Twitter:
— LebanesePlaneSpotter (@LebanesePlaneS) February 19, 2016
No injuries were reported, and let’s hope the A380 wasn’t damaged either!
It looks like the A380 flights to New York and London are slightly delayed, while the A380 flight to Sydney is on time. If that means there was no damage to the plane, that’s great news.
But that picture sure looks concerning!
Etihad has reached out to issue the following statement regarding the incident:
On February 16, a vehicle caught fire at Abu Dhabi International Airport, in the vicinity of an Etihad Airways Airbus A380 that was being serviced in preparation for a flight from Abu Dhabi to New York.
Airport emergency services were initiated immediately and the stricken vehicle was removed from the area.
Etihad Airways flight to New York on 16 February was subsequently delayed by two hours. However, at no time was the aircraft, crew or guests at risk as a result of this incident.
The safety of Etihad Airways’ passengers and staff is of paramount importance.