Pilot, 10 passengers injured as Boeing 737-300 aircraft skids off runway in Senegal

A Boeing 737-300 aircraft has skidded off a runway in Senegal, injuring at least 10 people.

The incident occurred as Air Senegal flight HC 301 was taking off for the Malian capital Bamako in the early hours of Thursday.

The pilot was slightly injured, but most of the 78 passengers on board were not hurt in the incident. Operations were halted at the airport for a few hours but have now resumed.  

Emergency services at the airport were mobilised to evacuate passengers, the airport’s statement said.  

An inquiry is under way to determine the causes of the incident. Boeing has not commented on the incident, nor has Transair, the private company from which Air Senegal chartered the plane. 

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