Plane Catches Fire

BEDFORD, Mass. (AP) -- Authorities say a small private plane leaving Hanscom Field in Massachusetts has caught fire and emergency crews are responding.

Jim Peters of the Federal Aviation Administration says a Gulfstream IV aircraft apparently ran off a runway at 9:40 p.m. Saturday as the plane was taking off. Peters said officials told the FAA that the aircraft caught fire.

The plane was headed to Atlantic City International Airport in New Jersey at the time.

Neither the FAA nor the Massachusetts Port Authority, which operates Hanscom Field in Bedford, had any details on what caused the accident, on the number of people aboard or their condition.

Peters said the National Transportation Safety Board is also investigating and will determine the cause of the accident.


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