TERROR hit a Russian tourist plane today in Phuket when an engine erupted in fire and tyres exploded during takeoff, leading to the pilot abruptly aborting the departure.
In the emergency 309 passengers and 12 crew were offloaded and forced to await a new aircraft.
Dramatic pictures and footage showed the Boeing 767-306ER hit by sudden fire in the tyres exploding.
There were reports of a “loud bang” as the on board crisis erupted.
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