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Slovenia Plane Engine Explodes

December 23, 2001

LJUBLJANA, Slovenia (AP) _ An engine of an airliner with 147 people on board exploded while taxiing down the runway for takeoff Sunday. Nobody was hurt, officials said.

The Adria Airways Airbus A-320 was en route to Ohrid, in Macedonia, said airline spokesman Brane Lucovnik. Adria is a Slovenian carrier.

Lucovnik said the explosion in the left engine occurred shortly after the aircraft began gathering speed for takeoff. Authorities were investigating.

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