Passengers and crew onboard a Tibet Airlines plane had a narrow escape after the aircraft veered off the runway on take-off at China’s Chongqing Airport on Thursday and caught fire.

Flight TV9833 was about to depart for Nyingchi in Tibet when the fire started. All the113 passengers and nine crew members onboard the plane have been safely evacuated. Some of them reportedly suffered minor injuries and have been rushed to a nearby hospital for treatment.

A CCTV footage of the incident being circulated on the internet showed flames and billowing black smoke from the fuselage of the plane on the tarmac. People could be seen running from the plane after escaping via an evacuation slide at the rear door.

The runway is currently closed and scheduled to reopen at 4 am GMT.

The airline has said that the accident is under investigation.

This is the second incident involving a passenger plane in China in recent weeks.

On March 12, a Boeing 737 aircraft from Kunming to Guangzhou crashed in Tengxian county of the Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region, killing all 132 people on board, including nine crew members, were killed.

This is a developing story