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China Passenger Plane Catches Fire, Dozens ‘Slightly Injured’ | aviation news

by YAR

Tibet Airlines says all 113 passengers and 9 crew on board the plane that caught fire were evacuated safely.

A Chinese passenger plane caught fire after veering off the runway in Chongqing, China, leaving scores of people with what are said to be minor injuries.

The incident occurred on Thursday as the Tibet Airlines plane was preparing to take off at 08:09 local time (0009 GMT).

The Airbus A319-115 plane, with 113 passengers and nine crew members, was heading from the city of Chongqing, in the southwest of the country, to Nyingchi, in Tibet.

Everyone on board was safely evacuated, the airline said in a statement.

“In the process of taking off, the flight crew discovered an anomaly in the aircraft and stopped the takeoff, after which the aircraft left the runway,” the statement said.

“The injured passengers only suffered minor injuries and were sent to hospital for treatment,” it added.

In a separate statement, Chongqing Jiangbei International Airport said some 40 passengers with minor injuries had been sent to hospital.

He said flight TV9833 veered off the runway during takeoff and “the left side of the plane’s nose caught fire.”

Since then, operations at the airport have returned to normal and “the cause of the accident is being investigated,” it added.

The incident follows the crash of an East China Boeing 737-800 in southeast China on March 21, in which all 132 people on board were killed.

That accident, in which the plane suddenly nosedived and crashed into the ground in a mountainous area, remains under investigation.

Two flight recorders, or “black boxes,” were recovered from that accident and are being analyzed in the United States.

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