Yesterday Delta flight DL673, the daily Boeing 757 from Atlanta to Quito, Ecuador with 199 passengers onboard, caught fire after touch down. At that capacity every single seat on the plane was occupied.
The Delta flight caught fire shortly after landing at an airport in Atlanta, the airline has confirmed.
The plane was on its way to Quito, Ecuador, but suffered a mechanical problem shortly after take-off from Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport and was forced to return. The Federal Aviation Authority said the brakes locked up upon landing.
Footage from a passenger on another flight showed the plane’s landing gear on fire.
The plane had departed Atlanta but turned around due to a mechanical problem.
Upon landing the plane’s brakes “locked up” and the “main landing gear caught fire but was quickly extinguished.” It was then towed to the gate for further extinguishing.
Here’s a passenger’s video:
Atlanta’s runway 27 Right was temporarily shut down to be inspected for damage and to remove any debris from the incident.
Passengers were accommodated on another aircraft and made it to Quito about 5 hours behind schedule and in the middle of the night.