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Saudia A320 catches fire on runway

Pilot aborts takeoff after noticing black smoke inside plane.
A passenger video brought to lightlast week's incident on a Saudia plane.
A passenger video brought to lightlast week's incident on a Saudia plane.

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A Saudi Arabian Airlines A320 caught fire on the runway in Dammam last week.

The plane, bound for Riyadh, was starting to accelerate when the pilot noticed thick black smoke in the cabin and aborted takeoff.

The 128 passengers were evacuated safely and returned to the passenger terminal.

The incident came to light after a passenger, known as nofah1, took a video on his or her phone and posted it on YouTube. Large parts of the four minute video show only a black screen, but shouting can clearly be heard.

Khaled Al-Mezel, director general of the airport, said: “Our department has dealt with the incident and took all measures to contain the situation.”

“All the flight’s passengers were evacuated safely and transferred to the airport’s passenger terminal, where they were sent to their destination on another plane.”

Watch the passenger video here.

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