An aeroplane transporting 122 passengers burst into flames on the runway during take-off.
At least 36 passengers were rushed to hospital with minor injuries following the accident in Chongqing, China. The accident happened on Thursday morning of 12 May.
The Airbus A319 plane began veering off to the left while speeding along the runway.
The plane then crossed into the neighboring taxiways which connect the two runways. It dropped the landing gear and its engines before coming to a stop.
A fire broke out on the left side of the plane. This left the plane damaged beyond repair.
CAAC, Chinese aviation administration told media that: “According to the flight crew, the plane experienced an anomaly during take-off. They stopped take-off according to procedure.
“After the plane skidded off the runway, the engine scraped the ground and caught fire. By the time (the fire) was out.”
Chongqing airport and the CAAC confirmed that an investigation was now being conducted into the circumstances surrounding the plane crash.
“The cause of the crash is being investigated and flight operations at the airport have returned to normal,” airport spokesperson said.
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