The malfunction happened as Vietnam Airlines Flight 780 was taxiing to take off on a flight to Ho Chi Minh City, Melbourne Airport spokeswoman Anna Gillett said.
The twin-engine Airbus A330 came to rest at the intersection of the airport’s two runways, blocking all traffic for 40 minutes until 11:30 a.m. local time (01:30 GMT), she said. No one was injured.
“The issue also resulted in some debris from the plane causing some spot fires on the runaway and surrounding area,” Gillett said.
“There are some rumors that the aircraft itself was ablaze with fire — that’s not the case,” she added.
A passenger, who identified himself only as Peter, told Australian Broadcasting Corp. radio that the jet’s nose had begun lifting for takeoff when the engine failed, forcing the pilots to abort the flight.
He was unsure how many people were aboard, but said the plane was three-quarters full.
An airline official in Melbourne declined to comment.
Gillett said the cause of the engine failure was under investigation.
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