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Published February 09, 2011, 05:16 PM

Delta Airliner Engine Catches Fire at Minneapolis Airport, No One Hurt

A Delta airplane engine caught fire Wednesday as it was pulling away from a gate at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport.

By: Associated Press,

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Delta airplane engine caught fire Wednesday as it was pulling away from a gate at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport.

Just two crew members were on the Boeing 757 when one of the two engines ignited. Airport spokeswoman Melissa Scovronski tells the Star Tribune that no one was hurt and the fire quickly extinguished when the pilot shut down the plane, which was towed back to the gate.

Delta spokesman Anthony Black tells The Associated Press the fire was excess fuel burning.

Black says the airline is looking at replacing a flap on the wing.

No passengers were aboard. The jet was being ferried to JFK International Airport in New York and was not in service at the time.

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