Plane Engine Fuel Catches Fire While Taxiing At Kennedy
NEW YORK (AP) _ A Delta Airlines jet was evacuated Thursday when fuel caught fire in an engine as it taxied at Kennedy Airport. The fire was doused quickly and there were no injuries, authorities said.
The Atlanta-bound flight carried 190 passengers and a crew of 10.
Duncan Pardue, a spokesman for the Federal Aviation Administration, said the three-engine Lockheed L-1011 was using its two wing engines to taxi. When the pilot started the tail engine, fuel caught fire in a ″blast of flame,″ he said.
Delta spokesman Bill Berry said such fires are not unusual for the L-1011 and normally burn themselves out in 20 to 30 seconds.
″Somebody overreacted, and called the Fire Department,″ Berry said.