A Chinese language passenger jet veered off the runway throughout takeoff and caught hearth on Thursday, sending black smoke billowing into the air and injuring greater than 30 individuals.
The Tibet Airways flight with 122 individuals on board was departing from the southwestern metropolis of Chongqing for a flight to Nyingchi in China’s Tibet area.
Movies shared by state media confirmed the left aspect of the plane on hearth as individuals who gave the impression to be passengers headed away from the scene. Hearth vans sprayed water on the aircraft. The accident occurred at 8:09 a.m. (0009 GMT), Tibet Airways mentioned.
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The Airbus A319-115 jet had 113 passengers and 9 flight crew on board, all of whom have been evacuated. In the course of the evacuation, 36 individuals have been injured with sprains or scrapes, based on the southwest regional department of the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC).
“Within the technique of taking off, the flight crew found an abnormality with the plane and stopped the takeoff based on the procedures. The plane left the runway and caught hearth after the engine hit the bottom. At the moment the hearth has been postpone,” the aviation authorities mentioned in a press release.
One passenger, Lengthy Anquan, instructed China Information Service that in takeoff he heard an uncommon noise, after which the aircraft began to lean to 1 aspect and hit the bottom with its wing. Lengthy shortly bent ahead and put his palms over his head, however the influence was so sturdy that he was nonetheless injured.
Lengthy mentioned he felt fortunate to outlive. “I’ve used up all my luck in my whole life,” he mentioned in an interview with China Information Service.
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The Chinese language flight monitoring platform VariFlight mentioned the aircraft is 9 1/2 years outdated.
One of many three runways was closed after the accident, based on the CAAC. The airport mentioned service was resumed about two hours later and that an investigation was underway.
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The incident follows the crash of a China Jap Boeing 737-800 in southeastern China on March 21 through which all 132 individuals on board have been killed. That accident, through which the aircraft went right into a sudden nosedive and slammed into the bottom in a mountainous space, stays underneath investigation.