China: An aircraft went off the runway and caught fire

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Aircraft of the Chinese company Tibet Airlines came out of a runway this morning and caught fire at its international airport Chongqing (southwest), without, however, losing any of the occupantsaccording to the company.

The 113 passengers and nine crew members removed from the aircraft and are “safe”, according to the carrier. About 40 people, who suffered minor injuries, however, they were taken to a hospital, according to airport authorities.

The aircraft was to operate a domestic flight from Chongqing to Ningxi, in the autonomous region of Tibet (southwest), when the accident happened, around 08:19 (local time; 03:09 Greek time).

“During the take-off phase, the crew noticed an anomaly and stopped the process. “The plane went off the runway,” Tibet Airlines said in a press release, adding that “the aircraft was damaged by fire.”

Video broadcast by the public television network CCTV shows an aircraft in the runway burning on one side as a dense column of black smoke rises in the sky.

Initially, the television network reported that the destination of the flight was Lhasa, the capital of the Tibet Autonomous Region.

It’s about the second plane crash in China within a period of less than two months. The – still unexplained – crash of a Boeing 737-800 aircraft on March 21 in the area of ​​Guangxi (south) claimed the lives of the 132 people on board.

This was the deadliest plane crash in nearly 30 years in China, where the level of flight safety is generally considered to be high.

Source: ΑΠΕ-ΜΠΕ

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