Three Hurt As Northwest Plane Evacuated

August 19, 2005

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Three people were injured when the front landing gear of a Northwest Airlines plane carrying 318 passengers collapsed on landing at Guam Airport on Friday, officials said.

The Boeing 747 was evacuated shortly after arriving from Japan's Narita Airport, said Rolenda Faasuamalie, a spokeswoman for Guam Airport.

"Northwest personnel activated an emergency slide and passengers were evacuated," she said.

There was no immediate statement from Northwest on the accident.

The Pacific island's airport was closed and all international arrivals diverted to the nearby Saipan island or the US airforce base on Guam.

"Three people were injured. I don't know the extent of the injuries, but one passenger was taken to the naval hospital," Guam Governor Felix Camacho told reporters.

The passengers, most of them Japanese tourists, were being kept in a holding area. There were 13 flight attendants and three pilots on the flight.

"Thank God he's OK," said Elizabeth Medina, a Guam resident, after being informed that her husband had been evacuated safely from the plane.

"I was worried, I thought he was one of them (the injured passengers)."

(Reuters)