An Antonov An-12 flight (CVK 7042) which arrived at the Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport (MRIA) from Bangkok last night, had delayed its takeoff due to a fault in the engine.
The flight was scheduled to take off from the MRIA this morning.
However, sources at the MRIA said the plane's engine caught a minor fire just before the takeoff.
They said there were eight crew members on board the flight.
The fire fighting teams had managed to douse the fire. No injuries were reported. (Darshana Sanjeewa)