An Ethiopian Airlines cargo plane burst into flames at Shanghai Pudong International Airport on Wednesday as it was preparing for a flight to South America.
The “B777 freighter aircraft … caught fire while loading cargo at Pudong Shanghai airport”, the carrier said in a statement, adding that “all ground staff and flying crew are safe”.
The incident happened as the Boeing 777 was loading up for a scheduled flight to Sao Paulo in Brazil and onwards to the Chilean capital Santiago.
The state-owned airline said its staff worked with authorities at the scene to tackle the fire.
Shanghai’s fire department said on Weibo – China’s Twitter-like platform – that it dispatched 18 fire engines to the scene.
Video footage shared on social media showed flames and thick black smoke billowing from the aircraft.