May 18, 2022

A plane with 122 people on board leaves the runway and catches fire during takeoff; research

Published on 05/12/2022 15:28

Videos shared on social media show the plane burning and firefighters trying to get the fire under control – (Credit: Twitter/playback)

A plane caught fire while taking off from an airport in Chongqing, southwest China, on Thursday (12/5). The Tibet Airlines plane was ready to take off when it skidded off the runway. The plane lost its engines and landing gear before it could start to catch fire.

Videos circulated on social media showed the plane burning and firefighters trying to control the fire.


The plane was an Airbus A319 and was supposed to take a flight to the Tibetan city of Nyingchi. According to the airline, there were 113 passengers and 9 crew members on board. Everyone was safely evacuated and only minor injuries were reported.

The Civil Aviation Administration of China said 36 people sustained bruises and sprains during the evacuation and received medical care. An investigation was opened to find out the causes of the accident.