JetBlue plane evacuated after engine fire at San Juan airport, no injuries reported

Posted at 10:30 PM, Aug 09, 2014
and last updated 2014-08-09 22:30:32-04

PUERTO RICO — A JetBlue Airways flight departing from Luis Munoz Marin International Airport in San Juan, Puerto Rico, was evacuated Saturday evening after one of its engines caught fire, according to a Federal Aviation Administration statement.

“Passengers and crew used emergency slides to evacuate the aircraft,” the statement read.

JetBlue spokesperson Gina Recine told CNN there were no known injuries among the 186 passengers and six crew members on board.

JetBlue Airways Flight 704 was headed to John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York City.

According to Recine, the plane was taxing on the runway for takeoff when problems developed 7:15 p.m. ET.

Recine could not elaborate on the nature of the mechanical issue.

The FAA said it will investigate the incident.