Sunday, December 21, 2008

Plane disaster, read it on Twitter!

Last night, a plane veered off on Denver's International Airport, there's more on this...

A Continental Airlines jet taking off from Denver went off the runway and caught fire Saturday night, forcing passengers to evacuate on emergency slides and injuring nearly 40 people, officials said.

No deaths were reported, but 38 people were taken to hospitals, said Kim Day, Denver International Airport manager of aviation. No one was reported in critical condition. Many passengers suffered cuts, bruises and broken bones, according to Denver Assistant Fire Chief Steve Garrod.

The cause of the accident was not immediately known.The right side of the plane caught fire after it landed in a ravine between two runways on the west side of the airfield, CBS station KCNC reported.

The weather in Denver was cold but not snowy when Continental Flight 1404 took off from Denver International Airport for Houston around 6:20 p.m.

A fire broke out, but ground crews put out the flames quickly, said Denver International Airport spokesman Jeff Green. The 112 people on board made it out on through slides on the Boeing 737. Denver firefighters described a "surreal" scene upon arrival and worked to put out the flames quickly.

"It was described as a heck of a fire fight from the commanding officer on scene but he's very proud of how the crews reacted and the outcome of this incident," said Denver Fire Department Division Chief Patrick Haynes.

But that's not the rest of the story. Somebody on the plane was using Twitter, which is a micro-blogging program, to relate the whole incident. Here's an excerpt...

by the time the plane stopped we were burning pretty well and I think I could feel the heat even through the bulkhead and window about 7 hours ago from web

i believe it was after the jolt that the right engine, which was near my row, caught fire about 7 hours ago from web

i think we might have gone into a ravine and dropped some distance as there was a sudden bottom-dropped-out feeling and then a jolt about 7 hours ago from web

shortly after we veered off, the plane quite obviously left the runway at high speed (maybe 100 kts) and proceeded to go 4 wheel driving about 7 hours ago from web

a 1st class passenger I talked to indicated he saw the left engine come off at the time, but it's unclear if this was a cause or an effect about 7 hours ago from web

to all who've asked, it's hard to know exactly what went wrong -- we were in the middle of a normal takeoff when we suddely veered off about 7 hours ago from web

Thanks for all the well wishes everyone. Sorry for the radio silence, but my battery died in the middle of all this and I just made it home about 7 hours ago from twitterrific

You have your wits scared out of you, drag your butt out of a flaming ball of wreckage and you can't even get a vodka-tonic. Boo about 10 hours ago from twitterrific

Continental keeping us locked up at the presidents club until they can sort everything out. Won't even serve us drinks. :( about 10 hours ago from twitterrific

Can't see much, but that's the crash site. about 12 hours ago from twitterrific

This was crash #2 for me. Maybe I should start taking the bus. about 13 hours ago from twitterrific

Ugh ... My glasses fell off in the mass exodus getting off the plane .. Can't see very well about 13 hours ago from twitterrific

Holy fucking shit I wasbjust in a plane crash! about 13 hours ago from twitterrific

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