An McDonnell Douglas MD-83 (SU-BOY, 53191/2151) operated by Egyptian carrier AMC Airlines, carrying 163 people, from Hurghada, Egypt (HRG/HEGN) to Warsaw, Poland (WAW/EPWA) caught fire Thursday after making an emergency landing at Istanbul’s international airport (IST), a government official said. One passenger was slightly injured.
The fire in the Egyptian plane was extinguished, and there was no loss of life, said the official at the state agency in charge of airports. He spoke on condition of anonymity because he is not allowed to talk to the media.
The plane was forced to land in Istanbul due to a technical problem, but its main landing gear failed to work properly. The aircraft landed on its fuselage, overran runway 18/36, caught fire and came to rest just short of approach lights.
There were 156 passengers and 7 crew members aboard, and one of the passengers was slightly injured.
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