Tibet Airlines Airbus A319 Catches Fire Taking Off from Chongqing

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May 12. A Tibet Airlines plane has suffered a runway excursion in the southwestern Chinese city of Chongqing. Taking place earlier this morning, the incident resulted in the aircraft skidding off the runway and catching fire.

The aircraft involved was an Airbus A319, registration B-6425. It was due to operate flight number TV9833, the daily service from Chongqing to the Tibetan city of Nyingchi. Tracking data shows it was scheduled to depart at 06:35 local time for the two hour hop up to its destination.

According to the Aviation Herald, 113 passengers and nine crew were on board when the aircraft began its takeoff roll. It accelerated down the runway, but veered off to the left, crossed a taxiway, crossed another taxiway and lost both its engines and landing gear before sliding to a stop on soft ground.

Moments later, a fire broke out on the left side of the aircraft. Amazingly, all 113 passengers and nine crew were safely evacuated, although the aircraft is clearly damaged beyond repair.

Source: Simple Flying

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