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Germany

Flight simulator catches fire at Frankfurt airport

A flight simulator has caught fire in an office building at Frankfurt airport in western Germany. The blaze caused 16 million euros ($16,732,000) worth of damage.

Some 200 people were forced to evacuate an office building at Frankfurt International Airport on Thursday after a flight simulator set ablaze.

Fire fighters managed to extinguish the flames within 45 minutes. One person was taken to a hospital due to smoke inhalation. 

'Technical fault'

According to German airline Condor, which owns the building where the fire occurred, other people were also examined at the hospital as a precautionary measure.

"The course of the incident was likely a technical fault," German police said. The simulator, much of which burned out, contained a replica passenger cabin.

The fire is believed to have caused 16 million euros ($16,732,000) worth of damage.

ksb/kms (AP, dpa)