This certainly looks like it could have ended a lot worse. A fire broke out today at Hong Kong International Airport while a cargo container was being loaded onto an American Airlines 777-300ER bound for Los Angeles. Here’s video footage of the incident:
Follow this link if you want to see a longer video of the incident that’s taken from the ramp.
Amazingly enough, it looks like damage to the actual plane was minimal, despite how close the cargo was to the plane.
— ZHANG YUANFANG 張遠方 (@jeremy_1111z) October 9, 2017
However, AA192 from Hong Kong to Los Angeles was still canceled, as presumably they’re going to inspect the plane to make sure it’s safe to fly. Hopefully everything is fine and the plane is back in service soon, as American doesn’t have many spare 777-300ERs.
Thank goodness this happened on the ground while it was being loaded into the plane, and not in the air. This must have been terrifying to see.
(Tip of the hat to The Unaccompanied Flyer)