Last updated: 02:55 PM ET, Thu June 30 2016

American Airlines Plane Catches Fire at Sea-Tac Airport

Impacting Travel | Donald Wood | June 30, 2016

American Airlines Plane Catches Fire at Sea-Tac Airport

Photo via Twitter/photogKatie

On Wednesday, an American Airlines flight taxiing to the runway at Seattle–Tacoma International Airport was forced to abandon the takeoff due to a fire that broke out in the rear of the plane.

According to, American Airlines Flight 728 was scheduled to take off for Philadelphia with 151 passengers and six crew members onboard when the Sea-Tac Airport’s flight control tower warned the pilot that the plane was on fire.

Emergency crews immediately arrived on the scene and extinguished the flames, and there were no reported injuries during the incident. American Airlines reported that the fire started in the plane’s auxiliary power unit.

“Prior to departure from Seattle, American Airlines Flight 728 experienced a mechanical issue with the auxiliary power unit (APU),” American Airlines said in a statement. “The Port of Seattle Fire Department responded after flames were reported from the APU exhaust. Once the aircraft was cleared, the Airbus A320 taxied back to the gate. Our maintenance team is currently inspecting the APU. We apologize to our passengers for the inconvenience.”

KOMO 4’s Katie Stern and Amy Clancy of KIRO TV shared images of the plane on Twitter:


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