Sharjah, UAE authority addresses online rumors about airplane ‘on fire’

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Sharjah’s aviation authority confirmed that a Turkish aircraft suffered a minor malfunction after videos circulating on social media appeared to show flames coming from a plane in the sky above the city.

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Sharjah’s Department of Civil Aviation (SDCA) said that the pilot of the Turkish cargo plane heading to Istanbul reported a slight malfunction two minutes after takeoff from Sharjah International Airport.

The plane was then repaired three minutes later and safely made its way to Istanbul.

SDCA “[refuted] rumors swirling around smoke from one of the engines of its fleet at Sharjah Airport,” in a statement carried by the United Arab Emirates’ official news agency WAM.

It urged members of the public to seek information from official sources.

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