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Saudi Arabian Airlines slams Boeing fire report

No Boeing 777 engine fire in India, states airline official.
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A spokesperson for Saudi Arabian Airlines has slammed reports that one of the carrier’s Boeing 777s had caught fire at Chennai International Airport last week.

The incident occurred on flight CV-769 from Chennai to Riyadh, which had 177 passengers on board at the time and apparently “spewed out smoke” before departure at the Indian airport, causing a security scare.

The flight was cleared for takeoff to King Khaled International Airport around 90 minutes later, after the relevant checks were performed.

However, contrary to reports that an engine had caught fire, the smoke was due to a “small technical fault”, stated Waleed Al-Aloomy, assistant director general of public relations at Saudi Arabian Airlines.

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