Plane skids off runway at Senegal’s main airport with 10 people injured

A Boeing 737 plane has skidded off the runway of Senegal’s main airport causing injuries to 10 people, four of whom are in a serious condition.

Flights have been suspended near the capital Dakar after the plane went into the grass before take-off during the early hours of Thursday, a spokesperson for the main airport Blaise Diagne said.

Dramatic footage on social media shows the plane with the logo of Senegal-based airline Transair standing on the ground with fire-suppressing foam covering the wing.

In a statement, transport minister El Malick Ndiaye said the flight was heading to Bamako late on Wednesday, and had been carying 79 passengers, two pilots and four cabin crew.

The injured are currently being treated while the other survivors have been taken to a hotel to rest.

Transair did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The airline is based in Blaise Diagne airport and operates domestic flights and international routes within West Africa.

It comes just one day after a Boeing cargo plane belonging to the US mail service FedEx crash-landed on its nose in Istanbul.

Sparks were seen flying up the runway after the pilots of the 767 aircraft realised that their front landing gear had failed.

It comes one day after the landing gear of a Boeing plane failed in Istanbul (AP)

The flight had taken off from Paris’ Charles de Gaulle when the pilot realised the malfunction, with firefighters and rescue teams waiting on the runway to immediately douse it with firefighting foam.

Boeing is already facing scrutiny after a string of mishaps which have included a Lufthansa Airlines plane bouncing along the runway in Los Angeles Airport, and a window ripped off a flight in January, with passengers exposed to a gaping hole.

An investigation into the company has been opened by the US’ Federal Aviation Administration after workers at a South Carolina plant falsified inspection records.

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