Incident at Senegal’s Main Airport: Boeing 737 Skids Off Runway, Injuring 10

Passengers experienced a harrowing ordeal when a Boeing 737 aircraft skidded off the runway at Senegal’s primary airport, resulting in injuries to 10 individuals.

Video footage captured the chaotic scene as travelers evacuated the aircraft amidst visible distress. Some passengers fled with their belongings, while others utilized emergency slides amid audible screams in the background.

Malian musician Cheick Siriman Sissoko shared the incident on Facebook accompanied by a video depicting flames engulfing one side of the aircraft.

Operations at the airport near Dakar were suspended following the incident, which occurred during the early hours of Thursday, according to Blaise Diagne airport spokesperson.

Social media circulated dramatic footage showcasing the Transair-branded plane on the ground, with wing covered in fire-suppressing foam.

Emergency responders swiftly evacuated passengers, with four individuals requiring hospitalization for serious injuries.

Transport minister El Malick Ndiaye disclosed that the flight, destined for Bamako late on Wednesday, was carrying 79 passengers, two pilots, and four cabin crew.

Those injured are currently receiving medical attention, while other survivors have been accommodated at a nearby hotel.

Transair did not provide an immediate comment on the incident.

The airline, headquartered at Blaise Diagne airport, operates both domestic and international flights within West Africa.

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