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Cargo Plane Crashes at Cleveland Airport, Killing 2 On Board

February 17, 1991

CLEVELAND (AP) _ A mail cargo plane crashed early Sunday, killing two people on board, as it took off from Cleveland Hopkins International Airport, officials said.

No other aircraft was involved in the 12:20 a.m. accident, said airport spokesman Mark Courtney.

The DC-9 was a U.S. Postal Service cargo plane under contract with Emery Worldwide and was en route with mail from Buffalo, N.Y., to Indiananapolis, Courtney said.

Initially, officials said two people had died in the crash. At a news conference Courtney said three people had died but later corrected the figure to two dead, saying he was misinformed. He had no further details about the victims.

The crash sheered off the plane’s wings, Courtney said. Most of the fuselage was intact but upside down on the tarmac, he said.

Jeff Glidden of Kent, Ohio, had just arrived on a commercial passenger flight from Denver when saw a fireball after the cargo plane took off, he said.

A spokeswoman at the Palo Alto, Calif.,-based freight company said it would release information when it became available.

It was the second incident at the airport in less than four days.

An American Airlines flight with 135 people on board slid off a snow- covered runway after landing Thursday night. No one was hurt, an airport spokesman said.

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