A plane carrying 122 passengers has burst into flames on the runway during take-off.

A total of 36 passengers were taken to hospital with minor injuries following the aviation accident in the city of Chongqing, China, on Thursday morning, May 12.

During take-off, the Airbus A319 aeroplane began veering off to the left while moving along the runway.

It then crossed onto two neighbouring connecting taxiways and dropped its engines and landing gear before grinding to a halt.

A fire broke out on the left side of the plane, leaving it potentially damaged beyond repair.

Plane carrying 122 passengers bursts into flames on runway during take-off

Chinese aviation administration CAAC told CNN International: “According to the flight crew, the plane experienced an anomaly during take-off. They stopped take-off according to procedure.

“After the plane skidded off the runway, the engine scraped the ground and caught fire. By the time (the fire) was out.”

Plane carrying 122 passengers bursts into flames on runway during take-off

The CAAC and Chongqing airport confirmed that an investigation was now being carried out into the circumstances surrounding the crash.

A spokesperson from the airport said: “The cause of the crash is being investigated and flight operations at the airport have returned to normal.”

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