A rumour about a plane catching fire while in Sharjah’s airspace went viral on social media. Authorities in Sharjah today rubbished the rumours as baseless.
Two videos of planes on fire going viral on social media did not happen in Sharjah.
The Sharjah Civil Aviation Department (SCAD) clarified that a Turkey-bound cargo flight experienced a "slight malfunction two minutes after take-off". Smoke emanated from one of its engines.
The pilot reported engine failure, but three minutes after, he said the glitch had been fixed. The plane then flew to its destination and landed in Istanbul without any incident.
The SCAD monitored the flight until it reached its destination safely.
The authority urged residents not to circulate rumours and to get information from official sources.