Plane catches fire at airport in Gastonia

Flames rip apart airplane in Gastonia
Published: Mar. 31, 2016 at 1:41 AM EDT|Updated: Apr. 30, 2016 at 1:41 AM EDT
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GASTONIA, NC (WBTV) - Emergency crews in Gaston County responded Wednesday night to a plane fire at a local airport.

The fire broke out aboard a plane at the Gastonia Municipal Airport, on the 1100 block of Gaston Day School Road, just after 9 p.m.

Officials said the aircraft was a single-engine plane and it was anchored down to the tarmac at the time of the fire.

The Union Road Volunteer Fire Department posted photos of the plane on Twitter after the fire was out.

Firefighters said the incident involved a single-engine plane that was strapped down and not in flight. They said the Federal Aviation Administration is going to investigate the cause of the fire.

Those who watched the plane go up in flames, say it was an amazing site.

"I stepped out the door and the flames were going straight up and the fire department was already working on it," said bystander Bob Bitel.

It only took emergency crews 10 minutes to put the fire out with foam. They said no one was injured by the fire and no one was in the plane at the time of the blaze.

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