Chinese Plane Catches Fire On The Runaway

On Thursday morning, a Tibet Airlines plane caught fire after skidding off the runway in Chongqing, China's southwestern city.

Chinese Plane Catches Fire On The Runaway

The plane was heading to Nyingchi, Tibet. On Chinese social media, footage shows flames engulfing the aircraft's front and a cloud of black smoke pouring into the sky. Another video depicts passengers fleeing the plane.

"According to the flight crew, the plane experienced an anomaly during takeoff. They stopped the takeoff following the procedures," the CAAC said. "After the plane skidded off the runway, the engine scraped the ground and caught fire.”

The airline claimed in a statement that all 113 passengers and nine crew members were safely evacuated.

According to a statement from the Chongqing Jiangbei International Airport, more than 40 people were sent to the hospital with minor injuries.

During the evacuation, 36 individuals were injured, according to China's Civil Aviation Administration (CAAC).

The cause of the accident is being investigated, and the airport's aircraft operations have resumed, according to the airport.

The incident occurred less than two months after a China Eastern Airlines plane crashed in the mountains of southern China, killing all 132 persons on board. The cause of the crash is still being investigated by authorities.