Dramatic moment huge plane bursts into flames at airport as smoke fills runway

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An Ethiopian Airlines plane burst into flames at an airport in China today with dramatic scenes of smoke pouring from the aircraft.

The Boeing-777 was carrying cargo when flames ripped through the hull of the aircraft at the Shanghai Pudong International Airport at around 2pm local time.

Shocking video footage shows ground staff watching as smoke and flames pour from the plane – seven years after an almost identical fire in London.

The plane was not carrying any passengers but reports have still not clarified if any crew members were on board.

Airport fire crews brought the inferno under control and have extinguished the flames.

But the damage to the plane appeared to be too severe for it to be salvaged.

The aircraft is understood to have arrived from Brussels just before midday and was scheduled to leave for Sao Paulo, Brazil, in the afternoon.

Shockingly, Ethiopian Airlines experienced a similar fire in 2013 while a Boeing-787 Dreamliner was parked on the tarmac.

All runways were closed for nearly 90 minutes after the fire.

No passengers were aboard that plane at the time, a Heathrow spokesman said.

Mirror Online has contacted Ethiopian Airlines for comment on today’s incident.

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