15 Hurt as JetBlue Flight Catches Fire

Tires pop, flames erupt in rough Sacramento landing
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser User
Posted Aug 27, 2010 1:22 AM CDT
Relieved passengers hug after escaping with their lives down an emergency chute when their JetBlue flight popped its tires and erupted in flames during a hard landing in Sacramento yesterday.   (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
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(Newser) – Fifteen passengers were injured yesterday when a JetBlue flight caught on fire during a hard landing in Sacramento. "Get out, get out, get out!" flight attendants yelled as they deployed escape chutes, recounted a passenger. "I looked back under the plane, and it was on fire, and all four tires were out," he said. Pilots reported braking trouble on the Airbus A320, said JetBlue airline officials. The NTSB is investigating. Injuries among the 87 passengers appeared to be minor but five people were taken to the hospital, reports CBS News.

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