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Passengers Evacuate U.S. Airways Jet in Tampa

Story Filed: Wednesday, March 15, 2000 1:41 PM EST

TAMPA, Fla. (Reuters) - A woman was injured on Wednesday when several passengers used emergency chutes to evacuate a U.S. Airways Boeing (BA.N) 737 jet at Tampa International Airport, an airport spokeswoman said.

Spokeswoman Brenda Geoghagen said the jet was pushing back from its gate on a flight to Pittsburgh when some passengers noticed smoke and flames coming from the engines.

The emergency chutes were opened and 13 passengers slid down them before the crew decided to stop the evacuation and bring the jet back to the gate. The remaining passengers left the plane through the jetway.

The injured woman had bruises and abrasions. She was treated at a local hospital and released.

The flight was canceled and passengers were put on other flights. The jet was being inspected by mechanics. U.S. Airways is operated by US Airways Group Inc. (U.N)

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