Footage shows the frightening moment passengers were left terrified as flames engulfed the vehicle and smoke alarms sounded throughout the terminal
Footage has surfaced of the horrifying moment a van exploded outside a Dublin airport terminal.
Travelers were horrified when the ground support vehicle caught fire around 9.20am Tuesday morning and then exploded on the tarmac.
Sources suggest police were not treating the fire as suspicious and believe something in the vehicle accidentally ignited This is reported by the Irish Mirror.
Officials at Dublin Airport tried to reassure passengers with a post on Twitter that read: “Nobody Panic!”
“Dublin Airport Police and Fire Brigade responded to a burning ground handling vehicle on the apron this morning,” she added.
The airport said the fire “activated multiple smoke detectors in Terminal 2” but “no passengers were evacuated.”
The airport said there was “no impact on flight operations” due to the fire.
Some social media users disagreed, with one saying the fire “absolutely impacted operations”.
“Our flight was delayed 45 minutes and departed with no checked baggage,” they wrote.
Another wrote: “Add the fire to the lack of steps for passengers disembarking from flights, baggage disembarkation delays from flights, no belts for baggage, baggage on the ground.”
A Dublin Airport spokesman later said the fire was extinguished within six minutes.
“A fire in a ground handling vehicle was quickly extinguished within six minutes by Dublin Airport Fire Service at 9.20am this morning,” the spokesman said, before admitting the incident had “minimal impact” on flight operations.
He added: “Dublin Airport Firefighters responded appropriately, keeping passengers informed of the airside incident which was being handled by Dublin Airport Fire Brigade and while Airport Police managed airside vehicular traffic throughout the incident .”
A Police (Gardaí) spokesman said: “Gardaí visited the scene of the fire around Dublin Airport on Tuesday morning 14 June 2022.
“No injuries were reported. The fire was extinguished by the airport fire brigade.”
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