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Small fire breaks out on US Airways jetliner from San Diego

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SAN DIEGO (CNS) - A fire ignited in the auxiliary power unit of the tail section of a US Airways jetliner that had flown from San Diego to Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, but no one was injured and the flames were quickly extinguished, an airline spokeswoman said Tuesday.

The Airbus 320 was parked at the gate at Terminal 4 about 7 p.m. Monday while crew prepared to board passengers for Vancouver, British Columbia when the fire started burning, U.S. Airways spokeswoman Michelle Mohr said.

"The crew smelled fuel," Mohr said. They traced it back to the auxiliary power unit mounted in the tail that provides extra power for the plane's electrical systems.

"When they looked, they saw flames shooting from the tailpipe," she said.

Phoenix firefighters based at Sky Harbor quickly arrived and put out the flames, Mohr said. There were no passengers on board and none of the crew members were injured.

"The initial inspection revealed no visible damage to the aircraft," she said.

The cause of the fire remained under investigation, Mohr said.

A different aircraft was made ready to finish the flight to Vancouver, and it departed at 10:30 p.m. Monday, about three hours late, Mohr said.


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