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Passenger jet skids off Brazil runway, no one hurt

BRASILIA - A commercial plane with 31 people aboard overshot the runway after landing in central Brazil on Tuesday, but no one was injured, aviation authorities said.

The Passaredo Airlines plane, on a flight originating from Sao Paulo, came to rest "about 500 meters (yards) beyond the runway" at the airport in Uberlandia, about 435 kilometers (270 miles) south of Brasilia, airport superintendent Sergio Kennedy said in a statement.

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Airport administrator Infraero said there were no injuries to passengers or crew or major damage to the aircraft, and that after a six-hour closure airport operations resumed once the plane was removed.

The plane was carrying 28 passengers and a three person crew, the airline said. Initial reports said a total of 27 people were aboard.

"All the passengers disembarked normally. The aircraft was not damaged," Passaredo said in a statement.

Authorities have launched an investigation into the accident.

Brazil news network Globo reported the plane was an ERJ 145 jet manufactured by Brazil's Embraer.

by Mathieu Rabechault and Dan De Luce
(c) 2011 AFP
Published on ASDNews: Nov 16, 2011


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