Continental 737 Off Runway In DEN

dc3flyer

Well-Known Member
King said people were hurt but none of the injuries was serious. The aircraft was a 737 with 107 passengers and five crew members abroad. Crew members activated the evacuation chutes and all passengers made it off the plane safely, airport officials said.

I hate to hear about these things, but at least there were no serious injuries.
 

SierraPilot123

Well-Known Member
Hope everyone comes out of it ok. Those are the times you are really thankful that we have great FAs to evacuate and firefighters to help out.

Looks like there was a 31 kt crosswind at the time.
 

N826AW

Snooki's Baby Daddy
Sounds like it was pretty serious.

DENVER – A Continental Airlines jet taking off from Denver veered off the runway into a ravine Saturday night, forcing passengers to evacuate on emergency slides as the plane burned, officials said. Nearly 40 people suffered injuries ranging from broken bones to bumps and bruises.
Denver Fire Department Division Chief Patrick Hynes said a fire associated with the accident burned the entire right side of the plane. Melted plastic from the overhead compartments dripped onto the seats down below, he said. It was unknown when or how the fire started.
Firefighters arriving on the scene described it as "surreal." "Much like a movie, some people coming out of the smoke and up the hill," Hynes said.
Ground crews put out the fire quickly, said airport spokesman Jeff Green. The 112 people on board made it out on through slides on the Boeing 737.
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20081221/ap_on_re_us/airport_accident

I hope none of the injuries were serious.
 

phoenix 23684

Well-Known Member
After reading and watching the news cast, it appears they got airborne only to come back down, wonder what happened? Good job on the crew for getting everyone out safe.
 

JEP

Malko In Charge
Staff member
....Many of the injuries were the result of a emergency exit chute on the left side of the plane, which was about 6 feet short of the ground, according to people who talked to Call 7 Investigator Tony Kovaleski. Passengers were rapidly sliding down the chute, but when the reached the end of it, they fell another six feet before hitting the ground. There were many broken bones and bruises as a result of the escape.....
 

TFaudree_ERAU

Mashin' dem buttons
I would think the chutes on the right side of the plane would have the additional 6 foot drop, seeing as how the airplane was listing to the left since the left engine is no longer on the airplane.
 

SafetyEngineer

New Member
Again, with the winter fronts that have been pounding the US we are going to see more of these incidents.

Good job to the flight and cabin crew in getting everyone off safe.

My thoughts and prayers to all of you.

As the investigation begins, please reserve judgement until the facts are in.

Stay safe, fly again!:rawk:
 

pirothezero

New Member
Yup wtg continental crew; admiral job by everyone involved. It gives a good chance to reflect how worse it could of really been without the training and quickness of the crew.

My thoughts are with the families in Houston waiting to hear from their loved ones.

Pilot was on msnbc earlier saying weather at takeoff was fairly tame and the wind while at 25-30 mph was within SOP for a close to direct headwind.

But you are right lets wait for the facts to come in from NTSB.
 

SeanD

Well-Known Member
When did Continental start flying the 737-700? Or is that an older series with winglets?
 

Brian Z

Well-Known Member
Wow! Great job to the crew. I landed at DEN yesterday around 11am and the winds were a little spicy at the time of the landing on rwy 34L 300@25.
 
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