11 hurt in 1Time evacuation

2010-10-31 17:39

Johannesburg - Eleven people were injured when they were evacuated from a 1Time aircraft that aborted take-off on Sunday, Airports Company SA said.

Spokesperson Unathi Batyashe-Fillis said the aircraft, which was destined for Cape Town from OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg, did not take off because of an engine failure.

"The pilot left the runway and stopped the aircraft at one of the airports' aprons. Acsa firefighters were already on scene and responded to an engine fire on the left side of the aircraft," Batyashe-Fillis said in a statement.

The 128 passengers were evacuated via the emergency chutes. Eleven were injured during the evacuation process, of which six were taken to a nearby hospital, and the rest were treated at the airport clinic.

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