An Omni Air International Boeing 767-300 sits on the runway after catching fire at Shannon Airport, Ireland August 15, 2019 in this image obtained from social media. (Reuters/Charles Pereira)
DUBLIN (Reuters) - An aircraft that regularly carries U.S. troops through Ireland's Shannon Airport caught fire shortly before it was due to take off on Thursday, national broadcaster RTE reported, forcing the suspension of flights at the airport.
Shannon Airport said on Twitter that operations had been temporarily suspended after an incident involving a Boeing 767-300 aircraft. All passengers and crew disembarked after emergency services were called to the scene.
Air traffic controllers noticed a fire and smoke coming from the landing gear of an Omni Air International Boeing 767-300 as it taxied along the runway, RTE and the Irish Times reported.
RTE quoted a witness at the scene as saying he saw foam being sprayed on one of the engines after it was stopped.
Omni Air International is a civilian airline that says it transports U.S. and foreign military troops and military family members around the world.
In a Twitter post, Omni Air said it was participating in an investigation of the incident after the aircraft "rejected takeoff" and was safely evacuated. Initial reports indicate no serious injuries to passengers or crew, it added.
Ireland provides landing and refueling facilities to the U.S. military at the western Irish airport, the country's second busiest, particularly for transatlantic flights.
An average of around 300 U.S. troops passed through Shannon Airport each day in the first three months of the year, according to Ireland's Transport Ministry.
Airport staff were working to remove the aircraft and resume safe operations, Shannon added on Twitter, saying that American Airline passengers would not be checked in until further notice.
Other passengers were advised to continue with check in.
A spokesman for the airport could not be reached for further comment.
Army and Air Force Exchange Service officials are warning soldiers and military families to be aware of scammers using the Exchange's logo.
In a news release Wednesday, Exchange officials said scammers using the name "Exchange Inc." have "fooled" soldiers and airmen to broker the sale of used cars, trucks, motorcycles, boats and boat engines.
KABUL (Reuters) - The Islamic State (IS) militant group claimed responsibility on Sunday for a suicide blast at a wedding reception in Afghanistan that killed 63 people, underlining the dangers the country faces even if the Taliban agrees a pact with the United States.
The Saturday night attack came as the Taliban and the United States try to negotiate an agreement on the withdrawal of U.S. forces in exchange for a Taliban commitment on security and peace talks with Afghanistan's U.S.-backed government.
Islamic State fighters, who first appeared in Afghanistan in 2014 and have since made inroads in the east and north, are not involved in the talks. They are battling government and U.S.-led international forces and the Taliban.
The group, in a statement on the messaging website Telegram, claimed responsibility for the attack at a west Kabul wedding hall in a minority Shi'ite neighborhood, saying its bomber had been able to infiltrate the reception and detonate his explosives in the crowd of "infidels".
Calling aviation geeks in New York City: The British are coming.
In their first visit to the United States since 2008, the Royal Air Force "Red Arrows" will perform an aerial demonstration next week over the Hudson River, according to an Air Force news release. F-35 Joint Strike Fighters, the Air Force Thunderbirds and Navy Blue Angels demonstration teams will also be part of the show.