In a second incident involving a commercial jet mishap at a major airport in just about twelve hours, as per Reuters, a Continental Airlines Boeing 737 plane went off the runway and caught fire at Denver International Airport at 18:18 December 20, (01:18 GMT December 21).
Less than 12 hours earlier, at 13:51 GMT, December 20, a Gulf Air Airbus 321 plane caught fire at Mumbai airport.
None of the injuries at Denver were life-threatening, but the injured passengers were taken to area hospitals, as per DIA spokesperson, Kim Day at a news conference, but CBS Denver is reporting one critical injury.
As in Mumbai, Denver airport reported significant flight delays after the crash, as some runways were shut down.
There were 112 passengers and crew on flight CO 1404, which was taking off Denver International Airport for Houston.
It wasn’t immediately known why the plane crashed, but the right side of the plane caught fire after it landed in a ravine between two runways on the west side of the airfield. Denver assistant fire chief Steve Garrod said the plane “crashed, caught fire” and flames extended into the cabin. He said the right wing was cracked, as was the fuselage.
Despite freezing temperatures, officials felt “ice was not a factor”.