Tibet Airlines plane slips on runway in China, catches fire

Chongqing (China): 

A Tibet Airlines plane slammed onto the runway of a Chinese airport on Thursday after it caught fire, the airline said, but all passengers and crew “ejected safely.”

The company said the flight, carrying 113 passengers and nine crew, was heading from the southwestern city of Chongqing to Ningchi in Tibet when the crew noticed “abnormalities” and “suspended take-off”, causing the jet to overtake the runway. went and caught fire.

Videos shared by Chinese state media showed flames as frightened passengers fled the scene.

“All passengers and crew have been evacuated safely. Some passengers were only slightly injured and have been sent to hospital for treatment,” Tibet Airlines said in a statement.

The incident happened in March after a plane flying from Kunming to Guangzhou crashed into a mountain in China’s east from 29,000 feet, killing all 132 people on board.

No cause was given for the crash, which was China’s worst in nearly 30 years.

Two of its flight recorders, or “black boxes”, were recovered and are being analyzed in the United States in hopes of uncovering the mystery behind the rapid descent of China’s Eastern jet.

The investigation found that the flight and cabin crew’s qualifications “meet the requirements”, and the same was said of the maintenance staff.


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