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Egyptian plane catches fire on Cairo runway, passengers evacuated

Arab World Materials 29 July 2011 19:23
Around 300 passengers were evacuated on Friday from an Egyptian plane after a fire in the cabin, official sources at Cairo airport said
Egyptian plane catches fire on Cairo runway, passengers evacuated

Around 300 passengers were evacuated on Friday from an Egyptian plane after a fire in the cabin, official sources at Cairo airport said , dpa reported

The plane was about to take off for the Saudi city of Jeddah when the fire erupted, they said. Firefighters extinguished the blaze before it could spread.

"No passengers were harmed. They were evacuated quickly as the plane was still on the runway," the sources said.

The cause of the fire is unknown. The sources said the pilot of the aircraft had attributed the fire to an electric failure

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