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Engine Blows Up Near College Aeronatics Shop; Three Hurt

September 22, 1988

SAN MATEO, Calif. (AP) _ A jet airplane engine blew up today while being worked on near the aeronautics shop at a community college, injuring three students, one seriously, police reported.

The blast happened at about 9:15 a.m. in a fenced-in test area outside the aeronautics lab at the College of San Mateo, said San Mateo police Sgt. Phil Derr.

Derr said four students were working on the jet turbine when it malfunctioned, went out of control and spun into very high revolutions, finally blowing apart and sending shards of metal flying around the area.

The seriously hurt student was a 20-year-old man who was hit on the legs. He was admitted to Mills Hospital. The other two received lesser injuries, also from bits of metal hurled from the exploding engine. None of the victims was immediately identified.

Campus police dispatcher Beth Shireman said campus and San Mateo police were investigating the blast. She said no details were available on any structures that might have been damaged by the blast.

The campus, about 15 miles south of San Francisco, is part of the California community college system.

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