FAA: JFK-Bound Flight Evacuated In Puerto Rico Due To Engine Fire
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico airport officials say passengers have been evacuated from a New York-bound JetBlue flight after a fire was reported in one of its engines. No injuries were reported.
The FAA said JetBlue Airways 704 aborted its takeoff from Runway 8 at Luis Munoz Marin International Airport when its left engine reportedly caught fire at approximately 7:14 p.m. Saturday.
Puerto Rico airport authority official Rolando Padua said in a statement that the 186 passengers aboard were evacuated after the pilot halted the A-320 at 7 p.m. EDT (2300 GMT) before it could take off. Firefighters at Luis Munoz Marin airport then extinguished the fire.
He said three people suffered minor injuries because of the emergency evacuation.
Flight 704 had been scheduled to land at John F. Kennedy Airport at 10:37 p.m. Padua said the airline was working to put the passengers on a different flight Saturday night.
The FAA said it will investigate the incident.
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