Panic as passenger plane catches fire before take-off

Ruth Doherty
Panic as passenger plane catches fire before take-off
Panic as passenger plane catches fire before take-off

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Two people were injured after a Norway-bound plane at a Turkish airport was evacuated after fire broke out in the cockpit.

The incident took place at 4am local time at Antalya airport when flames broke out in the cockpit of a Boeing 737-800 from Corendon Airlines, according to news.com.au.

The blaze started shortly before the Turkish jet was due to take off for Tronheim, Norway, with 158 passengers on board.

According to the Sydney Morning Herald, two passengers broke a leg during the evacuation, while others were later taken to hospital suffering smoke effects.

Passengers were flown back to Norway on board another flight.

In a statement on the Internet site Airporthaber, Corendon Airlines confirmed the fire and evacuation but did not mention injuries.

However, the Norwegian foreign ministry did refer to injuries, though it did not give a number.

According to smh.com.au, a spokesman said: "We have reports about people hurt in this plane. Some were hospitalised in Turkey."

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