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Delta Jet Rolls Off Atlanta Airport Taxiway

6:32 AM, Mar 13, 2012   |    comments
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ATLANTA (WUSA) -- No one was hurt when a Delta jet rolled off a taxiway Tuesday in Atlanta and down an embankment, leaving the jet resting at an odd angle.

 Mechanics at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport were testing the engines of the Boeing 737 around 5:00am Tuesday when the brakes failed. The plane began rolling and went down the embankment, Delta spokesman Eric Torgenson told 11Alive.com.

Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman Kathleen Bergen told the Associated Press there were no passengers aboard the aircraft at the time. She said the jet sustained "significant damage."

Video from early Tuesday morning showed police and fire vehicles on the scene.

A runway near the taxiway was closed before 7:00am. It did not appear that the incident was affecting operations in and out of the airport.

Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport is one of the busiest in the world in terms of passengers flying in and out. Several airlines fly to Atlanta from all three airports in the Washington region.

Written by Dan Guzman
9NEWS NOW & wusa9.com



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