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Delta Air Lines evacuates plane, aborts takeoff after faulty report of fire in cargo area

Delta Air Lines evacuates plane

KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP)_ Delta Air Lines says one of its planes aborted takeoff in Jamaica after a fire was reported in its cargo area, forcing 160 people and six crew members to evacuate the commercial jetliner which was scheduled to fly from Montego Bay to Atlanta.

Nobody was injured in the Monday incident at Sangster International Airport in the northern tourist city of Montego Bay. A Delta spokeswoman says the flight-deck warning was not accurate and there was no fire.

Photos posted on the Jamaica Gleaner’s website show passengers using emergency chutes on the Boeing 737 to get off the plane and onto the runway.

The Jamaican airport was forced to close after the incident and all flights were rerouted to the island’s capital of Kingston.

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