Houston-Bound Flight Skids Off Denver Runway

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

DENVER -- A Continental Airlines jet taking off from the Denver airport went off the runway and caught fire Saturday night, forcing more than 100 passengers to evacuate on emergency slides and injuring nearly 40 people.

No deaths have been reported, but the airport's aviation manager says 38 people have been taken to hospitals.

Ground crews put out the flames quickly. The 112 people on board made it out on through slides on the Boeing 737.

According to an FAA spokeswoman, Continental Flight 1404 was leaving Denver for Houston. The weather in Denver was cold but not snowy at the time, and roads to the airport were dry.

Continental says the plane was carrying 107 passengers and five crew members.

A Denver Health spokeswoman says seven people were taken to her hospital with injuries that are not life-threatening.

A University of Colorado hospital spokeswoman says five people are in fair condition at her hospital.

The accident closed the airport's west airfield and caused delays of 40 minutes.

The cause of the accident isn't immediately known.

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