By ERIC LICAS – Orange County Register
Fire broke out on a small plane shortly before its landing on a runway at San Bernardino International Airport on Sunday, June 30; and no one was reported injured after firefighters on the ground extinguished the flames.
Tower personnel notified authorities that the motor of a single-engine plane had caught fire as it came in for a landing on Runway 24 at about 5:27 p.m., San Bernardino County Fire Department spokesman Kyle Hauducoeur said. A crew stationed at the airport and specifically trained to extinguish burning aircraft doused it in fire retardant foam and water immediately after it landed.
A second team of firefighters was requested as backup, and the fire was out by 5:31 p.m., Hauducoeur said. The pilot and one passenger of the two-seater aircraft were unharmed, he said.
Information on what might have caused the fire was not immediately released.
The incident at San Bernardino International Airport was the second downed plane that San Bernardino County firefighters dealt with on Sunday. Earlier, another single-engine plane made an emergency landing within the boundaries of the Mojave National Preserve in Ludlow, Hauducoeur said.