Engine fire forces Vueling A320 evacuation during pushback

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Eight passengers have been slightly injured during a Vueling Airbus A320 evacuation at Paris Orly.

Vueling says the aircraft, scheduled to operate flight VY9127 to Alicante, was evacuated at 10:36 after a "small fire" broke out in its starboard engine during pushback.

The aircraft was still "close to the terminal" at the time and all 165 passengers and crew left the twin-jet, with eight receiving minor injuries.

While the carrier, newly merged with Clickair, has not identified the A320 involved, its fleet is fitted with CFM International CFM56 engines.

Vueling says it has despatched a replacement aircraft which will conduct the Paris-Alicante service later today.