US Coast Guard investigates ‘unprecedented’ cargo spill at port in Texas
An explosion and fire aboard a United Airlines jetliner that spilled hundreds of tons of oil in Lubbock, Texas, has caused extensive damage to the vessel’s cargo hold, according to US Coast Guards.
The explosion and blaze on Sunday afternoon has resulted in damage to some 790,000 gallons of oil and gas crude oil and nearly 10,000 barrels of oil, according the Coast Guard.
The Lubbocks Fire Department said at least 20 people are injured.
A Coast Guard spokesman told the Associated Press the vessel was in port on Friday evening when a fire occurred and it sank.
The cause of the fire has not been determined.
The fire broke out about 10:30 p.m. local time (12:30 a.m., Friday), when a small fire ignited inside the cargo hold of the Boeing 777-200ER plane.
The Coast Guard said it is investigating what caused the explosion and fires.
The plane, which carried more than 700 people, was heading from Austin, Texas to Houston when it was forced to turn back after experiencing a problem with its landing gear, the spokesman said.
There were no immediate reports of injuries.
The incident is under investigation.