IndiGo airplane catches fire after landing, no one hurt

By Kyle Johnson,

IndiGo flight 6E 031's landing gear caught fire on Saturday after a routine landing in Kathmandu, Nepal.

According to The Wall Street Journal, none of the 182 people on board the Airbus A320 flight were injured. The fire was spotted by a ground engineer after he saw smoke coming from the right wheel.

IndiGo says the airplane had a "normal landing," and the fire was discovered afterwards, prompting an emergency evacuation of the plane. Someone with knowledge of the investigation into the budget airliner's fire says that it is likely the result of heavy breaking creating sparks which then set off a fire when combined with a hydraulic leak.

India Today reports that a statement from the airliner noted, "All passengers were evacuated by the IndiGo crew in 81 seconds. All 175 passengers, one infant and six crew members are safe."

The fire follows just a day after a Malaysian Airlines' flight disappeared while traveling to Beijing. Contact was lost with the plane and no wreckage has been found after a night of searching.

An oil slick was observed in the sea between Malaysia and Vietnam and boats are on their way to investigate.

image: By Sranjanm2002 (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 or GFDL], via Wikimedia Commons



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