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.
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20081221/ap_on_re_us/airport_accidentDENVER – 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.
....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.....
Amen. And this is precisely why GOOD, well trained flight attendents are worth their weight in gold.Good job on the crew for getting everyone out safe.
CO has been flying the -700 for years. It's pretty rare to see them out west.When did Continental start flying the 737-700? Or is that an older series with winglets?
you assume correct. any snow on the fuselage would have been blown from the field onto the a/c overnight. yesterday was clear and cold, no precip.I'm assuming the snow on top wasnt there when they attempted the takeoff?