Fire at Norwich Airport was 'nothing to worry about'

A billowing fire that was caught on video at Norwich International Airport was a training exercise

A billowing fire that was caught on video at Norwich International Airport was a training exercise, a spokesperson has confirmed. - Credit: Submitted

A billowing fire that was caught on video at Norwich International Airport was a training exercise, a spokesperson has confirmed.

The fire, which happened during the afternoon of Thursday, May 20 was videoed by a passerby who was traveling on Holt Road, which runs alongside the airport.

The video shows fire and smoke billowing from one of the airport runways.

Norwich International Airport has confirmed that the fire was part of an exercise from the onsite fire service 

A spokesperson from the airport said: "This happens quite regularly and is just a standard fire practice. Many airports do this very regularly.


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"It's nothing for passersby to worry about."

Paul Lond, who had stopped on the NDR after his window wipers stopped working, said he was "shocked" when he saw the smoke.

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He added: "It crossed my mind that it could have been a training exercise as I visited RAF Coltishall when I was younger and know they have a fire service on stand-by for take off.

"I was shocked when I saw the flames and thought you can never be sure with these things."

The airport has its own fire service on-site in case of an emergency situation on the runway or in the hanger.

In the past, the team has practiced scenarios on a lifesize plane that has been set on fire.


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