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Civilian aircraft slides off runway at Elmendorf

Posted: Sunday, November 04, 2001

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A civilian cargo jet slid off the runway on Elmendorf Air Force Base as it began its takeoff early Friday morning, but the accident did not significantly disrupt military operations, according to the U.S. Air Force.

None of the 12 on-duty and relief crew members aboard the Atlas Air Boeing 747 reported injuries, and the aircraft did not appear to be damaged, said company spokeswoman Rachel Berry.

The aircraft had taxied to the west end of a main runway and was beginning to accelerate east about 8:30 a.m. when it slid onto the tarmac to one side, said 3rd Wing spokesman Maj. Johnn Kennedy.

The jet was towed from the location by early afternoon, Berry said. Elmendorf's aircraft were able to continue flying that morning, Kennedy said.

Founded in 1992, the New York-based Atlas has become the third largest cargo carrier in the world behind Federal Express and UPS, according to the company's Web site. It has a fleet of 37 Boeing 747s.

Barry confirmed that the jet was hauling for the U.S. military but would not release any additional information.

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