Images of a passenger jet engulfed in flames at an airfield in southwest China have emerged following an attempted flight early Thursday morning.
According to Xinhua, the country's official news agency, Tibet Airlines Flight 9833 strayed off the runway at Chongqing's Jiangbei International Airport, resulting in the evacuation of 113 passengers and nine crew members. According to China's civil aviation authorities, 36 individuals suffered "minor injuries."
Unconfirmed social media footage depicts people fleeing on the tarmac as the Airbus A319 in the backdrop burns and releases massive plumes of black smoke into the air. In other videos, fire trucks can be seen spraying water on all sides of the debris.
Later images depicted firefighters and safety inspectors around the aircraft, which appeared to have incurred severe fire damage at the nose of the fuselage.
According to the Civil Aviation Administration of China, the 36 injured passengers were sent to a local hospital for treatment. According to a statement from the CAAC, the remaining two runways at the airport have resumed takeoffs and landings.