Evacuation slide injures 10 passengers after fire scare forces Bangkok-bound plane to make emergency landing

  • Flight CZ3081 from to Bangkok made emergency landing in Sanya airport
  • Passengers landed safely, but were injured while leaving via slides
  • Firefighters sent to the scene, but no sign of fire found on the aircraft 
  • Replacement plane sent to Sanya to take passengers to Bangkok

Ten passengers were injured on the evacuation slides as they left a China Southern Airlines plane that had to make an emergency landing.

The plane, carrying 132 passengers and seven crew members on flight CZ3081, made the unscheduled landing at Sanya Phoenix International Airport in China's tropical Hainan island province after a fire alarm went off on board.

The aircraft - which left Guangzhou, China, at 12.56pm local time on 3 July and was originally destined for Bangkok, Thailand - was forced to land just over an hour into the flight. 

A China Southern Airlines plane bound for Bangkok had to make an emergency landing on tropical Hainan island after its fire alarm went off mid-flight. Ten passengers were injured on the evacuation slides

A China Southern Airlines plane bound for Bangkok had to make an emergency landing on tropical Hainan island after its fire alarm went off mid-flight. Ten passengers were injured on the evacuation slides

Firefighters and search-and-rescue teams were sent to investigate the alarm, which indicated that there may have been a fire in one of the engines, but no fire was found. 

The plane was towed off the runway as passengers waited on nearby grass.

Two other flights were diverted to Haikou, on the opposite side of China's tropical Hainan island province, before the runway reopened at 2.58pm, wcarn.com reported.

Firefighters were dispatched to the runway as aircraft staff feared the plane's engine would explode, while passengers waited on nearby grass  and ambulances came to tend to the injured travellers

Firefighters were dispatched to the runway as aircraft staff feared the plane's engine would explode, while passengers waited on nearby grass and ambulances came to tend to the injured travellers

Passengers faced delays as a replacement flight was dispatched to Sanya, arriving at 5.30pm to take passengers on to Bangkok. The injured passengers were taken to hotels nearby.

Thai Twitter user @AllezOan, who was on the flight, commented that uniformed airport staff told passengers to run away from the aircraft because they thought there would be an explosion.

Response teams at Sanya airport are still investigating the cause of the alarm.

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