AP: Passengers Escape Burning Jet in Denver

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

Denver (AP) Federal investigators are on their way to Denver Sunday morning to determining what caused a plane leaving Denver International airport to veer off the runway into a ravine, forcing more than 100 passengers to evacuate on emergency slides as the plane burned.

Two people were critically injured and 36 others were taken to hospitals in the accident that occurred at 6:20 last night. It wasn't immediately known when the plane caught fire, but ground crews put out the flames quickly, and the 115 people on board exited on emergency slides on the Boeing 737.

Patients were taken to at least four Denver-area hospitals. University of Colorado hospital says two of its patients were initially listed in fair condition but are now listed in critical with fractures.

Continental Flight 1404 was headed to Houston. The cause of the accident was not immediately known. Part of the west airfield is closed, and the airport is reporting delays.

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