Fake News As Diesel Smoke Sparks Plane Blaze Reports

CENPublished: February 9, 2018
Published: February 9, 2018

A story of a plane ablaze went viral after netizens and local media thought that smoke bellowing from a nearby diesel generator was coming from the aircraft’s cockpit.

The Avianca plane was stationary on the tarmac of the Jorge Newbery Airport in Buenos Aires in Argentina when blue smoke could be seen rising from the front of the plane.

As eyewitnesses filmed with their phones and local media ran live commentary of the plane on fire as the unfolding story went on to grab national interest.

However, the cockpit cock-up was quickly resolved when the airline released a statement saying that the smoke was coming from a generator alongside the plane owned by the company Intercargo.

The statement said: "When the diesel generator is repeatedly started it produces a blue smoke as we saw in the witnesses’ footage. They linked the smoke to the plane and sent their videos off to Argentine media.

"We should stress that Avianca Argentina operates a safe and punctual service. No airport authority or emergency service has ever reported a problem with one of their planes."

The Argentine Transport Minister also commented on the mix-up and confirmed the airline’s version of events.

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