A Tibet Airlines plane burst into flames after an aborted takeoff in China on Thursday, the company said.
More than 40 passengers were taken to a hospital after the incident at the Chongqing Jiangbei International Airport, CNN reported.
The Civil Aviation Administration of China said 36 people suffered bruises and sprains after the flight to Nyingchi in Tibet was aborted.
“According to the flight crew, the plane experienced an anomaly during takeoff. They stopped the takeoff following the procedures,” according to the agency.
“After the plane skidded off the runway, the engine scraped the ground and caught fire. (The fire) has been extinguished,” the CAAC added.
Video on social media shows fire and heavy smoke pouring from the damaged aircraft as passengers and crew run away.
One passenger told Chinese media that there was a sudden vibration and oxygen masks lowered before the plane veered off the runway.
Crew members noticed a leak and evacuated passengers down slides, according to the man, who said he suffered back and leg injuries during the evacuation.
The plane was a nine-year-old Airbus A319 powered by CFM56 engines from CFM International, a joint venture between General Electric and Safran, according to Airfleets.net.
Airbus said it was assessing the incident,.
Tibet Airlines, a regional carrier based in Lhasa, has a fleet of 39 planes, including 28 A319s, according to Airfleets.net.
The incident came less than two months after a China Eastern Airlines plane carrying 132 people crashed in mountains of southern China’s Guangxi region, killing everyone on board. The crash remains under investigation.
With Post wires