China Plane Crash: On Thursday, at least 40 people were injured when a passenger plane skidded off the runway and caught fire. The incident happened during take-off at an airport in southwest China's Chongqing.
The passenger plane was carrying 122 people on board China's Tibet Airlines suddenly caught fire. According to Flight Radar24, a Tibet Airlines A319 was flying on time. The runway was closed a minute after Flight Radar24 last tracked the plane.
According to state-run Xinhua news agency, 113 passengers and nine crew members were on board the plane bound for Tibet. All the occupants of the aircraft were evacuated safely and the injured were taken to a nearby hospital for treatment. The state-run China Global Television Network (CGTN) said the casualties are still unknown.
Video footage posted by China Central Television (CCTV) showed flames and black smoke billowing from the fuselage of a Tibet Airlines plane at Chongqing Jiangbei International Airport, Hong Kong-based South China Morning Post reported. People can be seen fleeing the plane after escaping through an evacuation slide at the back door.
China Central Television said the fire had been extinguished and the runway was closed. The plane was about to depart for Nyingchi in Tibet when a fire broke out. The airline has said that the accident is still under investigation. This is the second incident of a passenger plane being involved in China in recent weeks.
On March 12, a Boeing 737 flight from Kunming to Guangzhou crashed in Tengxian County, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region. All 132 people, including nine crew members, were killed.