February 20, 1996 in Nation/World

Faulty Landing Gear Forces Jet Off Runway

Compiled From Wire Services

A Continental Airlines jet skidded on its belly off a runway Monday while landing at Intercontinental Airport, apparently when its landing gear collapsed.

Authorities said none of the 82 passengers and five crew members aboard Flight 1943 was seriously injured. One man was hospitalized with back pain.

Passengers aboard the DC-9, en route from Washington’s National Airport and due to continue to Las Vegas, said the landing gear appeared to collapse seconds after hitting the runway on a clear morning.

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