American Airlines DC-10 Aborts Takeoff
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) _ An American Airlines DC-10 bound for Dallas-Fort Worth aborted its takeoff today, skidding into the tall grass at the end of the runway at Munoz Marin International Airport.
″All I can tell you at this time is there is nobody hurt,″ said Ricardo Jimenez, an American Airlines spokesman here. Jimenez said the 225 passengers were being taken off the plane.
But police said several passengers were taken to two local hospitals for treatment of minor bruises and shock.
A police spokesman said the plane was apparently unable to get off the ground and skidded off the end of the runway into tall grass and bushes.
Witnesses reported seeing smoke coming from the plane shortly before it came to a halt. Officials at the Federal Aviation Administration office here said they were trying to determine what caused the aborted takeoff.
Flight 633 was to fly non-stop to Texas. Its scheduled departure time was 11:20 a.m. EDT, American Airlines said.