Aviastar freighter destroyed in fire

Aviastar-Tu Tu-204C. Source: Aviastar

An Aviastar freighter was reportedly destroyed when it caught on fire at Xiaoshan International Airport in China.

Cirium reports that a fire broke out in the cabin of the TU-204-100C, which was decked out in Cainiao livery, on January 8 as it prepared to depart from the Hangzhou airport on its way to Novosibirsk in Russia.

A fire crew responded but were unable to stop the fire spreading through the rest of the aircraft.

Eight crew members and the cargo handlers working on the aircraft are reported to have escaped without injury.

Click here to see images of the aircraft.

Aviastar began operating flights between Hangzhou and Moscow on behalf of Cainiao – the logistics arm of e-commerce giant Alibaba – in late 2019.

 

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