Corendon 737-800 sustains major fire damage: NTSB

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A FlyDubai-owned Boeing 737-800 sustained "substantial" fire damage in a 14 October incident in Antalya, Turkey, the US National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) says.

The single-aisle with registration TC-TJK is owned by FlyDubai but was being operated by Turkish charter Corendon Airlines.

It was departing Antalya, Turkey for Trondheim, Norway, when smoke and flames erupted from the cockpit, the NTSB report says. Thirty-three of the 189 passengers were injured in the evacuation, including four seriously, the agency says.

An investigation is underway by Turkey's Directorate General of Civil Aviation, with assistance by the NTSB.

The nearly three-year-old 737-800 was among five of the same type in Corendon's fleet. It had accumulated nearly 42,000 flight hours on 18,200 cycles, according to Flightglobal's Ascend online database.