Plane catches fire after landing at Denver airport

Posted at 6:45 AM, Jul 03, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-03 06:45:33-04

DENVER (KDVR/CNN) – Passengers in Colorado were evacuated from a United Express jet Sunday afternoon when the plane’s left engine caught fire after landing.

Video and pictures on social media document scary moments for more than 60 people aboard the jet at Denver International Airport.

The airport says the SkyWest Airlines plane, traveling from Aspen, CO, to Denver under the umbrella of United Express, reported engine trouble after landing.

First responders mobilized to assist and put out the fire that started after the plane was on the ground.

"They very quickly reached the aircraft and extinguished what they found to be a fire in the rear section of the aircraft,” airport spokesperson Heath Montgomery said.

All 59 passengers and four crew members escaped without injury, SkyWest says.

"The passengers were actually taken on bus back to the concourse. Part of what we do is we assist the airlines in getting their passengers back to a safe place,” Montgomery said.

The plane has been taken to a hanger for further investigation. Airport officials say the National Transportation Safety Board has been notified.

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