Breaking | Tibet Airlines plane in flames, passengers evacuated before take-off in western China

  • Flames and billowing smoke seen from fuselage as people run from the aircraft on Thursday morning
  • State media reports the fire has been extinguished while the airline says an investigation is under way

A plane has gone off a runway in western China and caught on fire, according to state broadcaster CCTV.

Video footage posted by CCTV on Thursday morning showed flames and billowing black smoke from the fuselage of the Tibet Airlines plane on the tarmac at Chongqing Jiangbei international airport.

People could be seen running from the plane after escaping via an evacuation slide at the rear door. CCTV said the fire had been extinguished and the runway closed.

All of the 113 passengers and nine crew were evacuated, the airline said in a post on social media platform Weibo. Some had been sent to hospital with mild injuries, it said.

Flight TV9833 had been about to depart for Nyingchi in Tibet when the fire started. The airline has said the accident is under investigation. The Airbus A319-100 had been in service with the airline for nine and a half years.

Source: SCMP

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