Published on : Wednesday, November 8, 2017
David Fiedor was sitting in the back of the aircraft during Flight 1863 which was scheduled to take off this past Thursday from Detroit Metro Airport when he noticed something was wrong.
Fiedor said that there were about 80 passengers on board, but he was virtually alone in the rear. Since he was the only one who saw the fire, he removed his seat belt and approached a flight attendant.
Fiedor said that he got up from the seat and went back to where the flight attendant was. She told me to sit down. He told her to come take a look at the wing because it’s on fire. Then she got up and after about five or 10 seconds, she saw the flame, as it was intermittent.
The flight attendant then alerted the pilots in the cockpit. A couple minutes later the pilot announced there was a mechanical issue and we headed back to the gate. The airline informed the passengers that they needed to either book another flight or receive a refund. Fiedor said that the he believes the plane was either fifth or sixth in line for takeoff.