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A British Airways Boeing 747 Caught Fire in Spain


A British Airways Boeing 747 in Spain has caught fire, according to images from social media. The aircraft appears to be G-CIVD, one of the 747s currently located in Spain following the type’s retirement from the British Airways fleet.

Fire on retired, former British Airways 747-400

“Emergency services quickly extinguished the fire on one of our retired aircraft, which occurred during the dismantling process. No injuries were reported.” -British Airways

The aircraft is actually no longer owned by British Airways and has been retired from service for some time. Parked on a remote stand, the aircraft was marked for dismantling by its new owners at a regional airfield.

It’s believed that the fire was caused by the aircraft insulation catching a spark from dismantling equipment.

British Airways began an accelerated retirement of its fleet of Boeing 747 aircraft earlier this year as a result of the huge drop in passenger demand being experienced globally. As a result, aircraft have been ferried to sites around Europe to be scrapped, preserved, or even turned into movie props. G-CIVD, the aircraft thought to have caught fire, last flew on August 18th on a ferry flight to Castellon.

While the exact time of the fire is unknown at the moment, we can see that the Castellón Airport’s Twitter feed reported the fire contained as early as 12:42 UTC.

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