August 31, 2006

CORRECTED: U.S. Airways plane evacuated in Miami after fire

Corrects title of FAA in paragraph 2 to Federal Aviation
Administration from Federal Aviation Authority.

MIAMI (Reuters) - Passengers on a U.S. Airways Boeing 737
were evacuated down slides on Thursday after their aircraft's
landing gear caught fire as it landed at Miami International
Airport on a flight from Charlotte, North Carolina, officials

"The crew reported smoke and fire from the left main
landing gear," a spokeswoman for the Federal Aviation
Administration said.

She had no immediate word about injuries but Miami
television stations said all 94 passengers and the crew on
board U.S. Airways flight 431 were safely evacuated.

The fire had been extinguished, a Miami-Dade fire service
spokesman told Miami's WSVN television, adding that flames
anywhere near a fueled aircraft were always a big concern.

(Additional reporting by Jim Loney)