Holidaymakers at Liverpool Airport were terrified as they witnessed a fire erupting next to their plane on Friday evening, Oct. 6.
An eyewitness, known as Salford GroundHopper, wrote on twitter: “So I’m off to Bulgaria and the plane next to us is on fire.”
So I'm off to Bulgaria and the plane next to us is on fire. pic.twitter.com/xAhsPDQUHn
— Salford GroundHopper (@SalfordHopper) October 6, 2017
At first, passengers thought the ground fire unit that burst into flames was a plane on fire.
But later, authorities confirmed that the fire was caused by a ground power unit that burst into flames shortly before 7 p.m.
A concerned twitter user posted images of the emergency services arriving on the scene.
— Jon Berry (@1JONBERRY) October 6, 2017
Liverpool Airport responded quickly saying: “Hi Jon, there was a small fire in the ground service equipment but our Fire Service dealt with it quickly and safely. All is fine now.”
— Air Disasters (@AirCrashMayday) October 6, 2017
A ground power unit supplies electricity to the plane when it is parked on the ground.
A representative for Liverpool Airport confirmed via email that the fire occurred outside on a ground power unit at the airport.
— Beckwith locks (@BeckwithLocks) October 6, 2017