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28 injured as passenger plane catches fire in Indian capital

English.news.cn   2014-08-21 00:10:42

NEW DELHI, Aug. 20 (Xinhua) -- At least 28 passengers were injured when a domestic passenger plane caught fire upon landing at the Indira Gandhi International Airport Wednesday afternoon, said aviation officials.

The IndiGo plane with over 150 passengers on board developed a problem in its landing gear that caused thick smoke to emanate after touching down at the airport, said the officials.

Emergency evacuation of the passengers from the Airbus A-320 aircraft from Mumbai to Delhi was carried out after air traffic control observed "dense smoke" coming out of the left-side lower portion of the plane.

All passengers were evacuated through emergency slide-chutes, causing the injuries of some 28 of them.

A probe has been launched by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation into the incident.

On March 8, an Indigo plane from Delhi with 182 people on board had caught fire after landing at Kathmandu airport in Nepal, but no one was hurt.

Aviation incident in India is rare. The latest major incident took place in 2010 when a passenger plane from the Gulf crashed at an airport in the western state of Karnataka, killing over 200.

Editor: yan
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