A Chinese passenger plane caught fire, dozens of people were “minorly injured” | DayDayNews Aviation News

Tibet Airlines said all 113 passengers and nine crew members on the plane that caught fire had been evacuated safely.

Dozens of people were slightly injured after a Chinese passenger plane caught fire after it veered off a runway in Chongqing, China.

The incident happened on Thursday as the Tibet Airlines plane was preparing to take off at 8:09 am local time (00:09 GMT).

The Airbus A319-115, carrying 113 passengers and nine crew members, was flying from the southwestern city of Chongqing to Nyingchi, Tibet.

In a statement, the airline said everyone on board had been safely evacuated.

“During takeoff, the flight crew noticed an abnormality in the aircraft, stopped takeoff, and then left the runway,” the statement said.

“The injured passengers all suffered minor injuries and have been taken to hospital for treatment,” it added.

About 40 passengers with minor injuries were taken to hospital, Chongqing Jiangbei International Airport said in a separate statement.

It said flight TV9833 veered off the runway on takeoff and “the left side of the aircraft’s nose was on fire”.

It added that operations at the airport had resumed and “the cause of the accident is being investigated”.

event occurred in China Eastern Boeing 737-800 crashed All 132 people on board were killed in southeastern China on March 21.

In that accident, the plane suddenly dived and hit the ground in the mountains, still under investigation.

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

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