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.

Get stories like this in a free daily email

Please keep it civil. Don't post comments that are obscene, defamatory, threatening, off-topic, an infringement of copyright or an invasion of privacy. Read our forum standards and community guidelines.

You must be logged in to post comments. Please log in here or click the comment box below for options.

comments powered by Disqus