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Plane at JFK reports engine fire but none found, officials say

Port Authority officials said the pilot of a plane bound for Buenos Aires from Kennedy Airport reported a fire in its engine Thursday night, but first responders found no flames.

The incident occurred shortly after 10 p.m. and there were no injuries to passenger or crew of the LATAM Argentine plane, said Steve Coleman, a Port Authority spokesman.

Coleman said Port Authority emergency crews checks the plane and found nothing to indicate there had been a fire.

“When our emergency trucks arrived, they found no evidence of a fire,” he said shortly before midnight Thursday. “And the crews escorted that plane back to its gate where it could be checked out.”

Coleman said early Friday that operations personnel later found evidence of a fire that had self-extinguished.

It was unclear how many passengers and crew were on board or whether they would board the flight again or take another plane.

The airline could not be reached for comment Friday.

With William Murphy

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