BEIJING: China’s Tibet Airways stated all passengers and crew had been evacuated from an Airbus A319 aircraft that caught hearth after an aborted takeoff within the southwestern metropolis of Chongqing on Thursday. There have been no deaths and solely minor accidents among the many 113 passengers and 9 crew members on board, the airline stated in a press release. The incident got here lower than two months after the lethal crash of a China Jap Airways aircraft led the nation’s aviation regulator to launch a security drive. Unverified video on social media confirmed a Tibet Airways aircraft, a subsidiary of Air China, with heavy smoke and flames pouring from the left facet of the plane as passengers and crew walked away. The plane concerned is a nine-year-old A319, one of many smallest variations of the A320 household. It’s powered by CFM56 engines from CFM Worldwide, a three way partnership between Basic Electrical and Safran, in line with Airfleets.web. Tibet Airways is a regional airline primarily based in Lhasa. It has a fleet of 39 planes, together with 28 A319s, in line with Airfleets.web. On March 21, a China Jap Airways Boeing 737-800 with 132 folks on board crashed in mountains in southern China, killing everybody on board. Thus far there have been few clues about the reason for the accident.