AIR China passengers were stopped moments before boarding after their plane caught fire.
The dramatic moment at Beijing Airport was caught on video.
In a series of videos, the plane can be seen emitting huge clouds of black smoke from the left side of the aircraft.
It is thought to have started from the cargo hold of the Airbus A330.
The flight was bound for Tokyo at 5:10pm on Tuesday when the smoke was spotted while the plane was on the tarmac.
No passengers had boarded the plane at the time, with flight crew evacuating by the boarding ramp.
No injuries were reported.
Another image shared on social media shows the burned out cabin with the roof partially destroyed.
According to South China Morning Post, the airline confirmed that crew “organised the safe relocation of all passengers”.
A statement on their Weibo account, a Chinese equivalent of Twitter, added: “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.”
A Virgin Atlantic flight was forced to make an emergency landing after a phone charger exploded and set fire to the seats.
The London to New York flight landed at Boston where passengers were evacuated.
Sun Online Travel has contacted Air China for comment.