Barrow Island-bound plane catches fire

Plane fire: Aircraft was heading to Barrow Island

A plane bound for Barrow Island – the site of Chevron Gorgon LNG project - has caught fire soon after take-off from Perth airport on Tuesday.

Cobham Aviation Services confirmed to Upstream the engine caught fire soon after take-off.

The aircraft was climbing when the fire occurred on the second engine. When the fire was detected, the engine was shut down and the fire was extinguished in-flight.

A spokesman for the company – which operates a number of contracted air services across Australia – confirmed there were no injuries among the 92 passengers, two pilots and three cabin crew.

The incident is being investigated and regulatory authorities have been informed.

Chevron Australia operates the Gorgon liquefied natural gas project on Barrow Island just off the coast of Western Australia.

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