Tibet Airline Plane Bursts into Flames During Takeoff in Chongqing

A Tibet Airlines Airbus A319 bound for the Tibetan city of Nyingchi aborted the take off when the plane burst into flames after veering off the runway during takeoff at the Chongqing Jiangbei International Airport.

Initial reports said there were no fatalities but about 40 out of the 119 passengers and nine crew members on-board were taken to the hospital for minor injuries treatment.  

In March, a China Eastern flight travelling from Kunming suddenly nosedived and crashed into the ground killing all 132 people on board. The cause of the crash remains a mystery.

Airbus told Reuters the company is aware of the reported Tibet Airlines incident and is assessing the situation.

The Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) overhauled its safety standards in the early 2000s, and the country experienced zero fatal incidents between 2000 and 2022. That streak ended tragically, two months ago.

The A319 that caught fire on Thursday was said to be nine years old.

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