PASCO, Wash. (AP) – Authorities say ten passengers and crew escaped from a small jet aircraft that crashed and caught fire while landing at an airport in Pasco, Washington.
A Pasco Fire Department spokesperson told The Tri-City Herald that the plane’s landing gear failed, causing it to skid down the runway and sparking a fire.
Officials said all the passengers exited the plane and firefighters quickly extinguished the flames.
The jet was carrying surgical technicians and a registered nurse for the Pacific Cataract and Laser Institute, and had departed from Chehalis.
The company performs surgeries for cataracts, glaucoma, corneal transplants and laser vision corrections.