United Express CRJ-700 suffers engine fire at Denver Int’l Airport

On Sunday 2nd July, a United Express  CRJ-700, operated by SkyWest Airlines, suffered a fire in its left hand side (No.1) engine after landing at Denver Int’l Airport.

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The left engine on fire ©raiyansyed on Twitter

Flight UA5869/SKW5869 from Aspen landed safely at Denver Airport and was taxiing off the runway when the fire occured. The aircraft was stopped on a taxiway, and the 59 passengers and 4 crew members were successfully evacuated onto the tarmac.

The American Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) stated that the fire started in one of the aircraft’s tyres, and spread to the left hand engine. A probable cause of the fire starting is overheating wheel braking pads.

The video below shows the incident taking place.

Denver Int’l Airport fire crews reacted quickly to the incident, and extinguished the blaze.

Both Denver Int’l Airport and the FAA have opened investigations into the incident.

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The aircraft involved in the incident, N796SK

The aircraft involved in the incident was 7 year old Canadair CL-600-2C10 Regional Jet CRJ-701ER N796SK (MSN 10300), fitted with two General Electric GE CF34-8C5B1 turbofans.

Flight UA5869 is a scheduled domestic passenger flight, operated by SkyWest Airlines, from Aspen Airport (ASE/KASE) to Denver Int’l Airport (DEN/KDEN).

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