WATCH: Boeing bursts into flames minutes before passengers are due to board

2015-06-18 11:40
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Cape Town - A massive Boeing 737-300 caught fire after an oxygen cylinder exploded a few moments before passengers were due to board the massive commercial airliner.

The dramatic footage captured on Tuesday, 16 June - featuring a complication of clips recorded on mobile devices - shows a giant orange flame erupting through a massive hole in the fuselage, sending thick, black smoke billowing across the airport. 

The SCAT Airlines Boeing 737-300 flight DV-742 from Astana to Aktau, Kazakhstan, departed on schedule and landed successfully in Aktau on Tuesday - before the incident took place. The aircraft was scheduled to fly to Mineralnye Vody Airport, in Russia.

The plane was empty and undergoing servicing at the time in preparation for the next flight, when the oxygen cylinder exploded.

A 47-year-old SCAT engineer, was the only person to be injured in the event. The injured official has been hospitalized with thermal burns on his right hand. 

This is what the aircraft looked like after the explosion: 

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