Thursday May 12, 2022

Passengers injured as Tibet Airlines passenger jet catches fire

Passengers injured as Tibet Airlines passenger jet catches fire

Firefighters check a plane which caught fire after veering off in China's Chongqing on Thursday. AFP

Rlixa Report

A Tibet Airlines plane caught fire on Thursday after veering off the runway at a Chinese airport, but all passengers and crew were "safely evacuated", the airline said.

Tibet Airlines said it happened at 8:09am (0009 GMT) as the flight to the city of Nyingchi in the Tibetan Autonomous Region was preparing to take off from the western city of Chongqing.


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The flight, carrying 113 passengers and nine crew, was headed from the southwestern city of Chongqing to Tibet's Nyingchi when "abnormalities" were noticed and take-off was suspended, causing the jet to overrun the runway, the company said in a statement.

The plane itself had fire damage, it said.

Passengers injured as Tibet Airlines passenger jet catches fire
A passenger jet that caught fire is seen in the aftermath in Chongqing Jiangbei Airport, China, on Thursday. AP

"In the process of taking off, the flight crew discovered an abnormality with the aircraft and stopped the takeoff, after which the aircraft left the runway," the statement said.

Images shared by Chinese state media showed flames engulfing the side of the stricken jet as terrified passengers ran from the scene.

Photos of the aftermath showed scorch marks covering the nose and one wing of the jet, which had been doused in water to control the blaze.

"All passengers and crew have been safely evacuated," Tibet Airlines said in a statement.

The incident follows the crash of a Chinese Eastern Boeing 737-800 in southeastern China on March 21 in which all 132 people on board were killed. That accident, in which the plane went into a sudden nosedive and slammed into the ground in a mountainous area, remains under investigation.

 

 

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