An Air China Airbus A330-300 was destroyed by a fire that broke out after landing in Beijing. No one was hurt.
The Chinese national carrier Airbus A330-300, registered B-5958 and which had made its first flight on November 2014, had just performed on August 27, 2019 flight CA976 between Singapore-Changi airport and its base in Beijing , and had already begun boarding passengers for flight CA183 bound for Tokyo-Haneda on Tuesday in the middle of the afternoon when smoke began to leak from the cargo bay. Those on board were evacuated, but the fire quickly spread to the cabin, and could not be mastered until some of the back of the fuselage was destroyed.
Air China confirmed the incident on social networks, succinctly explaining: « Smoke was detected when boarding the flight CA183. Crew members and airport staff managed to master the phenomenon. We opened an investigation into the causes of the incident. «
The images of the fire clearly show the damage to the fuselage of the aircraft, less than five years old and irreparable. The Star Alliance company was operating 28 Airbus A330-300, with six more awaiting delivery.