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The Chinese plane explodes in flames during takeoff

The Chinese plane explodes in flames during takeoff

A Chinese plane exploded in flames during takeoff this morning in the southwestern city of Chongqing.

It's the worst nightmare of any passenger, but fortunately there were only minor injuries between the 113 passengers and nine crew members, Tibet Airlines said in a statement.

Cell phone footage captured the horrific moment when the Tibet Airlines plane was engulfed in flames as passengers fled the asphalt - some were forced to jump off the plane.

In total, 36 people suffered bruising and convulsions during the evacuation and were taken to local hospitals for examination.

The incident comes less than two months after a 132-person China Eastern Airlines plane crashed in the mountains of southern China, killing everyone on board.

It is not yet clear exactly what caused the malfunction and subsequent fire at Chongqing Jiangbei International Airport.