The Jet Airways flight to Jaipur had to turn back as the alarming symptoms became apparent, the airline said.
State news agency RIA said one Sochi airport staff member died during the clean-up operations.
The incident occurred on Tuesday on a flight by the Chinese flag carrier from Hong Kong to the city of Dalian in northeastern China.
Neither crew nor passengers were aboard the aircraft when the towing vehicle steering it onto the apron for a later departure burst into flames.
The wreckage of a small plane was found in central Kenya on Thursday, two days after it went missing in bad weather with 10 people on board, the transport minister said.
The Airbus A318 of Sichuan Airlines was bound for Lhasa in Tibet from the southwest city of Chongqing when the incident occurred and the flight was diverted to Chengdu in Sichuan province.
An engine exploded Tuesday on a passenger jet carrying 149 people, forcing an emergency landing shortly after the flight took off from LaGuardia Airport in New York.
Russian television showed passengers disembarking from the plane while several buses waited to pick them up.
Iranian rescue teams struggled to recover bodies on Tuesday from the wreckage of a plane that crashed in hazardous terrain near a mountain peak two days earlier with 66 people on board.
The Antonov An-148 plane went down in a snow-covered field, making it difficult to access, with emergency workers forced to reach the wreckage by foot or on snowmobiles.
A Malaysia Airlines flight was forced to divert to the Australian outback town of Alice Springs on Thursday for ‘technical reasons’ in a scare one passenger described as ‘hell’.