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Plane leaving US air field catches fire

June 1, 2014

BEDFORD, Massachusetts (AP) — Authorities say a small plane leaving Hanscom Field in Massachusetts has caught fire and emergency crews are responding.

Jim Peters of the Federal Aviation Administration says a Gulfstream IV aircraft apparently ran off a runway Saturday night as the plane was leaving. Peters said officials told the FAA the aircraft caught fire.

The plane was headed to Atlantic City International Airport in New Jersey at the time.

Neither the FAA nor the Massachusetts Port Authority had further details on what caused the accident, on the number of people aboard or their condition.

A spokeswoman for Hanscom did not immediately return a call for comment.

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