Ukrainian plane catches fire shortly after landing in Egypt’s Sharm el Sheikh

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A Ukrainian Boeing 737-800 plane’s left wheel burst into flames shortly after landing in Egypt’s Sharm el Sheikh airport.

Airport maintenance staff rushed to the plane belonging to Ukraine’s low-cost SkyUp Airlines, where they were able to put out the fire with fire extinguishers about a minute after the incident happened.

In a statement, the airline company said none of the 196 passengers were injured, adding that a fuel leak is believed to be the reason for the fire.

The British government had announced in October that UK airlines can resume flights to the Egyptian resort of Sharm el-Sheikh, suspended after an ISIS bombing brought down a Russian passenger plane over Sinai four years ago, killing all 224 people on board.

The Department for Transport said “improvements in security procedures at the airport, and close co-operation between the UK and Egypt on aviation security, mean commercial airlines can now be allowed to operate routes to and from the airport.”

Sharm el-Sheikh, a top resort on the Sinai Peninsula, had been a major package-holiday destination for tourists.

Since the attack, Egyptian authorities have spent millions of dollars to upgrade security at airports across the country.

- With AP