Two people injured as another Boeing catches fire, rains debris on town

Brooke Rolfe
·News Reporter
·2-min read

Parts of a Boeing 747 that fell from the sky mid-flight have left at least two people injured less than a week after another plane caught fire while carrying passengers.

The cargo plane was travelling near the Dutch town of Meerssen after taking off from Maastricht airport about 4.10pm (local time) on Sunday, CNN reported.

Shortly after leaving the runway the 30-year-old aircraft's engine caught fire, sending several smouldering parts plunging towards the ground beneath it.

An elderly woman sustained a head injury from being struck and was taken to hospital, while a child burned their hand after picking up a hot piece of metal.

A piece of debris from a Boeing plane lodged in a car roof in Meerssen.
Debris fell from the sky and damaged homes and cars (pictured) in the Dutch town of Meerssen. Source: CNN

Houses and cars were also damaged when heavy plane parts hit the ground at high speed.

The freight plane was bound for JFK Airport in New York City, but rerouted to Liège Airport in Belgium, where it landed safely, Longtail Aviation, the company that owns the plane, told CNN.

"Our flight crew dealt with this situation professionally and in accordance with the correct aviation standards, resulting in a safe and uneventful landing," a spokesperson said.

"We are now in the process of working closely with the Dutch, Belgian, Bermuda and UK authorities to understand the cause of this incident."

The plane was carrying "general cargo and pharmaceuticals on board", according to Maastricht Aachen Airport (MAA), where it had taken off.

"A few seconds after the plane took off, air traffic control noted an engine fire and informed the pilots. They then switched off the engine concerned and sent out an emergency signal," MAA said.

The pilot opted to land at Liège Airport due to it having a longer runway, which made it easier to land the aircraft safely.

"We understand that people are shocked and regret that this has happened... Our attention now primarily focuses on those directly involved in this incident," MAA said in a statement.

A burning engine of a Boeing 777-200 as it flew over Denver.
This Boeing 777-200's engine caught fire after taking off from Denver in the United States. Source: Twitter/michaelagiulia

Denver suburb hit with Boeing debris

In a separate incident, a United Airlines flight from Denver to Honolulu was interrupted on Saturday (local time) when one of the Boeing 777-200's engines exploded mid-air.

Engine casing from the plane rained on a Denver suburb following the failure, narrowly missing a home.

The Federal Aviation Administration said the plane returned to Denver International Airport after experiencing a right-engine failure shortly after take-off.

The plane landed safely and nobody aboard or on the ground was reported hurt, authorities said.

The National Transportation Safety Board said it had opened an investigation into the incident.

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