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Fire damages Lufthansa airplane at Frankfurt Airport

A Lufthansa Airbus A340-300 was damaged by fire at Frankfurt Airport in Germany on Monday morning.

The incident occured as a towing truck that was brining the aircraft from maintenance facilities at the airport gate, caught fire.

The plane was scheduled to fly to Philadelphia.

Accordimg to Airlive.net, emergency crews rushed to extinguish the flames. With the vehicle on fire and flames rising to the cockpit area of the plane, blackening its exterior.

Photos credit: AIRLIVE.net

No passengers or crew members were on board the plane but 10 people got injured by smoke and are receiving medical treatment.

A statement by Lufthansa reads:

“This morning, a Lufthansa LEOS push-back vehicle caught fire on the apron of Frankfurt airport during repositioning of an aircraft. Heavy smoke emerged. The fire has been completely extinguished. There were no passengers or crew on board during repositioning. Ten people are under medical treatment as a precautionary measure to be checked. There are no serious injuries. The push-back positioned an A340-300 (D-AIFA) in position “fox” on the apron. D-AIFA was scheduled to fly to PHL at 11.10 UTC as LH426. The aircraft is heavily damaged. A replacement aircraft was provided.”

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