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VIPs safe after Indian airline fire

Dignitaries including the president of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party had a lucky escape on Wednesday when the inaugural flight of a new route by budget airline Air Deccan caught fire on the runway in Hyderabad. BJP president Venkaiah Naidu, the civil aviation minister Pratap Singh Rudy and other VIPs were evacuated through emergency exits at the southern city’s Begumpet airport. Sparks and smoke were seen from the left engine as the plane taxied to the runway and the flight was aborted. The flight was the first by the new budget carrier from Hyderabad to Vijaywada, 300 kilometres to the east, reviving an air route last flown about 18 years ago. Full Story

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