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Cargo Plane Aborts Takeoff, Fire Erupts

March 12, 1991

NEW YORK (AP) _ A cargo plane’s takeoff was aborted and it erupted in flames at Kennedy International Airport today, an airport spokesman said. The six people aboard escaped injury.

The crew of the Air Transport International DC-8 aborted its takeoff midway down the runway, said Port Authority spokesman Mark Marchese. ″The plane was smoking ... It came to a stop and burst into flames,″ he said.

It was not immediately known why the takeoff was halted.

The airport was closed for 2 1/2 hours while crews battled the fire, said another spokesman, Armando Arrastia.

The plane’s wheels and two engines snapped off while the plane skidded to a stop about 200 feet away, said fire spokesman Tom Kelly. A 5-foot section of a wing also snapped, he said.

Port Authority personnel at the scene said the six people on board declined treatment.

The plane, headed for Brussels, was not carrying any hazardous materials, said Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Fred Glassberg.

There was no answer at Air Transport offices in Little Rock, Ark.

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