No one was injured when a fire broke out in an engine of a Boeing 767 jetliner undergoing maintenance at Los Angeles International Airport Friday, June 2nd, Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD) officials said.
The unoccupied American Airlines jet was undergoing routine maintenance and engine testing outside of a hangar at 7100 World Way when the fire broke out at 12:34 p.m., LAFD spokesman Ron Myers said.
More than 100 Los Angeles City firefighters were called to the scene and saw the fire coming from the number-one engine of the Boeing jetliner, Myers said.
Firefighters extinguished the engine fire “rather quickly” in 16 minutes, by applying foam to the blaze, he said.
“After knockdown, there was a fuel leak that firefighters had a difficult time controlling,” Myers said.
Firefighters were able to dike the area and storm drains and put foam on top of the fuel spill to prevent combustion.
The incident had no affect on flight operations at LAX, but one runway and two taxiways were temporarily closed while firefighters removed debris, Myers said.
The damage estimate and cause of the fire are under investigation.