Vueling jet catches fire after landing in Italy

Vueling jet catches fire after landing in Italy
The low-cost carrier Vueling, owned by IAG, operates out of Barcelona. File photo: Josep Lago/AFP
An Airbus 319 belonging to Spanish low-cost carrier Vueling caught fire while landing at Florence's Vespucci airport on Wednesday, sending passengers into a panic.

The fire broke out in the plane's landing gear just after landing at the airport, Vueling confirmed in a statement.  

All passengers were evacuated safely and nobody was injured, although some were taken to a medical centre as a precaution, the company said.

"Once the aircraft stopped,  the captain noticed smoke and flames coming from the landing gear, on the right side. As an emergency procedure, the captain decided to evacuate the aircraft."

The flight had been travelling from Paris.

Italian daily La Repubblica reported that four children were among the passengers.

The company is now working to establish the cause of the fire.


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