Video: Air China A330 catches fire while passengers boarding the aircraft

Beijing, China - An Airbus A330-300 from Air China caught fire at the Beijing International Airport.

The fire spread through the aircraft and damaged the A330-300 severely. Significant amounts of smoke were observed from outside during the incident, however, no flames were on-board.

The passengers were boarding the flight CA976 for Tokyo, Japan when the fire erupted. The crew immediately evacuated passengers that were boarded. No injuries were reported.

Smoke was detected during boarding in the storage unit of flight CA183, which was set to fly from Beijing to Tokyo. Crew members and airport staff have successfully put out the smoke. We are investigating the cause of the incident,

Air China said in a statement published on Chinese social media platform Weibo.

The fire reportedly started in the cargo hold of the aircraft. Chinese officials investigate the incident.