According to Reuters, China’s Tibet Airlines veered off the runway and caught fire after an aborted takeoff in Chongqing on May 12.
113 passengers and 9 crew members had been evacuated with no deaths. However, 36 passengers with minor injuries, such as bruises and sprains, are now under hospital treatment.
State media’s video shows the aircraft caught fire on the left side of its nose.
The cause of the plane crash has sparked considerable speculation.
Cover News reported the comments from Wang Yanan, chief editor of Beijing-based Aerospace Knowledge magazine. He said that the plane may have had a technical problem during the rollout and acceleration process, most likely a significant malfunction. Major failures could be a possible landing gear puncture or engine failure. This way, the aircraft was out of control. The pilot tried to regain control, but due to the excessive speed, the plane overran the runway, and the landing gear was broken. The fuselage touched the ground, causing friction and then fire.
Guo Qing, an associate professor at Northwestern Polytechnic University’s School of Aeronautics, said that the cause of the accident depends on whether the pilot subjectively canceled the takeoff, or because the plane ran off the runway due to its malfunction.
Some other aviation experts stated that it is extremely rare for a plane to veer off the runway and catch fire during takeoff unless there is a special fault. When the plane took off and rolled, the speed was already up. The pilot’s temporary decision not to take off at high speed was actually dangerous.
Jimu News presented another analysis that the plane’s landing gear or pulleys likely had a problem, and the probability of the engine malfunctioning is relatively small.
The plane that crashed was a nine-year-old A319, one of the A320 family’s smallest models.
Earlier, a China Eastern Airlines Boeing 737-800 with 132 people on board crashed in the mountains of southern China on March 21. No one was found alive, making it China’s worst air tragedy of the 21st century.