The airline says the plane was being pushed back from the airport gate yesterday when its right turbine had a technical failure that caused the fire.

Gol said flames were contained in the fuselage next to the engine.

It says the 145 passengers on their way to Sao Paulo were evacuated safely and put on other flights.

Brasilia airport press officer Camila Stivelberg says the turbine caught fire around 3:20 pm and four fire trucks were sent to put out the blaze.

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