NY-bound JetBlue plane evacuated in Puerto Rico after fire
A JetBlue flight scheduled to head for New York from Puerto Rico was evacuated on Saturday after the airplane suffered an engine fire as it took off, officials said.
The engine fire occurred on Flight 704, which was scheduled to take off at 7 p.m. from San Juan's Luis Munoz Marin Airport en route to Kennedy Airport.
The airplane was in the middle of its takeoff roll on runway eight at the airport when its left engine "reportedly caught fire" at 7:14 p.m., according to the Federal Aviation Administration.
The airplane held 186 passengers and six crew members, all of whom were evacuated by using the airplane's slide, according to JetBlue.
Three people suffered minor injuries during the evacuation, said Puerto Rico airport authority official Rolando Padua.
Meanwhile, firefighters at the airport extinguished the fire, he said.
The runway and the adjacent taxiway were closed until the airplane could be towed away, the FAA said.
JetBlue said it was investigating the cause of the mishap. The passengers were rebooked on a later flight.