A plane belonging to the Chinese airline Tibet Airlines caught fire at the airport in the southwest Chinese city of Chongqing. Chinese state television reported that the machine went off the track when it started.

State media distributed images of the crashed machine on Thursday morning. It showed flames on a wing and passengers fleeing the danger zone.

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“All passengers and crew were safely evacuated,” Tibet Airlines later said. Some of the 113 passengers and nine crew members were “slightly injured and were taken to a hospital for treatment”.

The plane was headed for Nyingchi in Tibet. According to the airline, the crew had “aborted” the take-off due to “anomalies”. The machine shot over the runway and began to burn.

According to Tibet Airlines, the machine is an Airbus A319.



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