Fliers took to social media with images of flames coming from a Delta Connection flight Friday morning at Nashville International Airport. But it all looked worse than it actually was. That's the gist of a report from The Tennesseannewspaper, which reports the flames came from a Cincinnati-bound regional jet operated by Delta Connection affiliate SkyWest.
FULL REPORT: Plane catches fire at Nashville airport(The Tennessean) Airport spokeswoman Shannon Sumrall tells theTennessean the incident occurred around 6:45 a.m. local time (7:45 a.m. ET) as the plane pushed back from the jet bridge. The newspaper writes "the engine turned on and an auxiliary unit caught fire. When the pilot turned off the engine, the fire extinguished itself." Delta spokesman Michael Thomas confirmed the incident to Today in the Sky, offering the following statement from the company. "Prior to departure, SkyWest flight 4811, operating as Delta Connection, from Nashville to Cincinnati, experienced a brief flame upon engine startup, which immediately dissipated. There was no fire and no emergency was declared. Technicians are evaluating the CRJ-200 aircraft and we are working to help customers resume their travel as quickly as possible. The safety of our customers and SkyWest people is our top priority." There were 50 passengers and three crewmembers on the flight, according to Delta. Images of flames were captured by fliers at the airport and posted to social media. Twitter user Matt Miller posted a picture showing the flames with a caption reading: "Awkward moment when your plane catches on fire." University of Utah professor Jason Taylor said he was standing at gate B7 waiting to board his plane to Salt Lake City when he saw the flames coming from the back of the plane. He also shared a photo showing the flames via Twitter. "Within five to 10 seconds the fire went out on its own," Taylor, 31, tells the Tennessean. "A lot of the ground workers were running toward the plane. It extinguished pretty quickly and some emergency personnel arrived." "The ball of fire lasted for several seconds," Taylor adds. "It freaked a lot of people out. You don't often see fires on planes." Despite how it may have appeared to observers in the terminal, passengers on Flight 4811 suggested the situation didn't seem as dramatic onboard. Nashville resident Phil Cobucci, 32, was on the plane and tells the Tennessean that the plane had just pulled back from the gate when the captain came over the loud speaker. "No one heard anything. The plane really just stopped in the middle of the tarmac," Cobucci says. "The captain said, 'We had a misfire,' which didn't really make it sound like the picture I saw (later) when they started popping up on Twitter."