Fire On Aloha
112 Aboard


Fire On Aloha Airlines

One of the two engines of an Aloha Airlines Boeing 737 jet caught fire as the plane-traveling almost 90 miles per hour-was about to take off from Kahului Airport last Friday.

The 112 passengers and crew members escaped uninjured, but fire fighter Joe Frye suffered slight burns.

When Capt. Kenneth D. H. Choy heard a loud bang from the left engine at 3:30 p.m., he switched the remaining engine into reverse and pulled off the runway.

While firemen spread foam on the engine, passengers evacuated through emergency chutes and down the stairs.

Firemen reported they thought some foreign matter had caused the blades to disintegrate inside the jet engine, starting the fire.

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