Video Shows Burning Boeing 737 Jet Skid Off Runway In Latest Incident

By Jason Hall

May 9, 2024

Boeing 737 skids off runway at airport in Senegal
Photo: Getty Images

Videos shared online showed passengers fleeing a burning Transair 737 plane after it skidded off the runway in Senegal early Thursday (May 9) morning in the latest of numerous incidents involving Boeing aircrafts.

Eleven people were injured -- four of which were reported to have suffered severe injuries -- during the mid-takeoff accident at Blaise Diagne International Airport in Dakar just after 1:00 a.m. local time, BBC News reports. The Dakar accident took place one day after a FedEx Airlines Boeing 763 skidded on its nose down the runway at Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris, France, due to a reported landing gear malfunction.

Boeing aircrafts have been reported to have experienced several serious incidents after the door plug panel blew off of an Alaska Airlines 737 Max mid-flight on January 5, which has led to Senate hearings over safety culture and manufacturing quality. Ten more would-be whistleblowers have publicly chastised Boeing over safety inspections after the first two, John Barnett, 62, and Joshua Dean, 45, died mysteriously within weeks of each other.

“These men were heroes. So are all the whistleblowers. They loved the company and wanted to help the company do better,” said Brian Knowles, a Charleston, South Carolina attorney who represented both Barnett and Dean, via the New York Post. “They didn’t speak out to be aggravating or for fame. They’re raising concerns because people’s lives are at stake.”

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