NTSB investigates jet fire on Tallahassee runway

Published: Sunday, March 1, 2009 at 5:49 p.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, March 1, 2009 at 5:49 p.m.

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. National Transportation Safety Board investigators are trying to figure out what sparked a small fire on a commercial jet in Tallahassee.

The Tallahassee Fire Department said the Canadian Regional Jet was not occupied when the fire broke out on Saturday morning. Bags had been loaded on the twin-engine jet, which can seat about 48 passengers.

Crew members were preparing for a flight to Atlanta when they noticed smoke on the aircraft. Firefighters were called to Gate B5 at Tallahassee Regional Airport and extinguished the fire. No one was injured.

Jim Durwin, assistant superintendent of airport operations, told the Tallahassee Democrat that the jet was being operated by Atlantic Southeast Airlines, which is a Delta Connection carrier, and most of the passengers were rebooked on other flights.

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