An under-maintanence Qatar Airways A321 caught fire at Hamad International Airport, Doha.
The aircraft was under maintenance and was parked at a remote stand when it caught fire. The fire is said to have started in the cabin, probably originating in the satcom antenna. This, however, has not been confirmed officially as the investigation has only just begun.
There were no injuries as a result of the fire and the fire was promptly contained. As reported by The Peninsula, a statement from the airline said:
“At 06:50am today a Qatar Airways Airbus A321 aircraft positioned at a remote stand experienced a fire whilst under maintenance at Hamad International Airport (HIA). The fire inside the cabin was promptly contained and extinguished. Whilst there was some damage to the aircraft there were no injuries. A full investigation is being conducted by the local authorities to establish the cause. Traffic at HIA was not affected and is running as normal.”
The aircraft appears to have been extensively damaged, both inside and outside by the fire, as can be seen in the pictures. There is a large hole in the fuselage, which can be seen in the photo below (highlighted by the large circle). The hole in the fuselage can also be seen in the photo of the cabin interior, where you can see sunlight coming through it. It is important to note, however, that there is as yet no official statement from the airline about the extent of damage or the status of the investigation into the matter.
With such extensive damage, one wonders if the aircraft has been damaged beyond repair. What do you think? Let us know in the comments section below.
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