Thirty-six passengers were injured when a Chinese passenger jet veered off the runway during takeoff and caught fire on Thursday.
The local police said the injured passengers were part of the Tibet Airlines flight consisting of 122 people on board.
In the initial police investigation, the plane was departing from the southwestern city of Chongqing for a flight to Nyingchi in China’s Tibet region when the incident occurred.
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The Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) revealed the Airbus A319-115 jet had 113 passengers and nine flight crew on board.
“In the process of taking off, the flight crew discovered an abnormality with the aircraft and stopped the takeoff according to the procedures. The aircraft left the runway and caught fire after the engine hit the ground. Currently, the fire has been put out,” the CAAC said in a statement.
The Chinese flight tracking platform VariFlight said the plane is 9 1/2 years old.
Meanwhile, the airport said about two hours after the accident that, flights had resumed and an investigation was underway.