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Boeing 737 catches fire and skids off the runway in Senegal, injuring 10 people

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — A Boeing 737-300 carrying 85 people skidded off a runway at the Senegalese capital’s airport, injuring 10 people, according to the transport minister, an aviation safety group and camera footage. ‘a passenger showing the plane. in fire.

“Our plane just caught fire,” Malian musician Cheick Siriman Sissoko wrote in a Facebook post showing passengers jumping on emergency slides at night as flames engulfed one side of the plane at Dakar airport . In the background, people can be heard screaming.

Transport Minister El Malick Ndiaye said the Air Senegal flight operated by TransAir was heading to Bamako, in neighboring Mali, on Wednesday evening with 79 passengers, two pilots and four cabin crew members. The airport reopened Thursday morning after closing overnight.

The injured were treated at a hospital, while the others were taken to a hotel to rest. Boeing sent a request for comment to airlines.

AP correspondent Karen Chammas reports on a plane that skidded off a runway in Senegal.

This is the third incident involving a Boeing plane this week. Also on Thursday, 190 people were safely evacuated from a plane in Türkiye after one of his tires burst while landing at an airport in the south, the Turkish Transport Ministry said.

Company under intense pressure from door jam exploded from a Boeing 737 Max on an Alaska Airlines flight in January, leaving a gaping hole in the plane. In February, the Federal Aviation Administration gave Boeing 90 days to develop a plan to address quality issues and meet safety standards for building planes after the crash.

The incident brought scrutiny of Boeing to the highest level since two crashes of Boeing 737 Max planes in 2018 and 2019 that killed 346 people. About a dozen close to passengers who died in the second crash prompted the U.S. government to revive a criminal fraud charge against the company by determining that Boeing had violated the terms of a 2021 agreement.

In April, a Boeing whistleblower, Sam Salehpour, testified at a congressional hearing that the company had taken manufacturing shortcuts to produce 787s as quickly as possible, which could lead to the airliners breaking up.

The Aviation Safety Network, which tracks air accidents, described the plane as a Boeing 737-38J. The network posted photos on X, formerly Twitter, of the damaged plane in a grassy field, surrounded by firefighting foam. An engine appeared to have broken and a wing was also damaged, photos show.

ASN is part of the Flight Safety Foundation, a nonprofit group that aims to promote air travel safety and track accidents.

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