Brakes Suspected in Denver Crash

Jet pulled to the side before collapsing with thud in snowy ravine
By Peter Fearon,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 22, 2008 2:37 AM CST
The charred wreckage of a Continental Airlines Boeing 737 lies off a runway at Denver International Airport.   (AP Photo/Rocky Mountain News, Preston Gannaway)
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(Newser) – Investigators believe a faulty braking system and landing gear may be to blame for a fiery crash in Denver where a Houston-bound jet veered off a runway into a snowy ravine. The weather apparently played no role in the accident, and asymmetrical braking appears a likely cause, sources told the Houston Chronicle.

"When something like this happens, you wonder why and want to make sure it never happens again," said Continental's CEO. All passengers and crew managed to escape the plane via inflatable emergency chutes before flames consumed the cabin, melting overhead luggage compartments. Five passengers remain hospitalized, one in serious condition.