Jet catches fire in Northern California

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A twin-engine Cessna Citation jet caught fire following an aborted take-off at Oroville Municipal Airport, southern California.

All 10 people onboard the 560XL jet, including eight passengers and two pilots, escaped unharmed, reported Associated Press.

The aircraft, that was flying from Oroville to Portland International Airport in Oregon, USA, slid off the northern end of the runway, sparking a fire in dry grass and was fully engulfed by the time firefighters arrived.

“It was attempting to take off, but early reports show that it never made it off the ground,” said Joe Deal, Oroville’s fire and police chief.

It took more than an hour to extinguish the jet, as it had just taken on 400 gallons of jet fuel.

According to Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Ian Gregor, the FAA and National Transportation Safety Board will investigate the fire to determine a probable cause of the accident.

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