2 Injured in Denver Plane Accident Out of Hospital

Pilot of aircraft that skidded off snowy runway among patients released
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Dec 26, 2008 5:55 PM CST
The charred wreckage of a Continental Airlines plane sits in a ravine where the plane landed after it veered off a runway while trying to take off from Denver International Airport on Dec. 20.    (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – A spokeswoman says the pilot of a Continental Airlines jetliner that veered off a runway in Denver has been released from a hospital, the AP reports. Continental's Kelly Cripe said today the plane's captain and one other person were released from the University of Colorado Hospital. Cripe wouldn't discuss the pilot's injuries.

Authorities say he was at the controls last Saturday when the Houston-bound plane left the runway and slid into a shallow ravine about 2,000 feet away. Investigators haven't released a cause for the accident. Thirty-eight of the 115 passengers and crew members were injured. Two remained hospitalized in fair condition today.