January 11, 1998 in Nation/World

This Flight Canceled

 

An airplane from the Costa Rican carrier Lacsa veered off the runway at full speed during takeoff Saturday in San Francisco, blowing an engine and a tire and coming to rest in a field of mud. None of the 122 passengers bound for Guadalajara, Mexico, was hurt in the 1 a.m. incident. After San Francisco International Airport’s longest runway was closed, crews extracted 45,000 pounds of fuel, lifted the 300,000-pound A-320 on steel plates, built a gravel roadway underneath, then towed it out. Authorities had not yet determined the cause of the mishap.

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