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Wreckage of crash landing jet cleared from Heathrow runway

Associated Press - January 20, 2008 1:55 PM ET

LONDON (AP) - Officials are clearing the wreckage of a British Airways jet that made a crash landing at Heathrow airport last week.

The Boeing 777, which suffered engine failure before landing at Britain's largest airport on Thursday, had remained on the edge of 1 of the runways while it was examined by crash investigators.

An initial inquiry found that everything had gone normally with the Beijing-to-London flight until the aircraft was just two miles from landing.

Passengers and witnesses say the plane's landing gear ripped away before the plane came to a halt on its belly. Nineteen injuries were reported.

The plane was carrying 136 passengers and 16 crew members.

Officials will continue to examine the aircraft in a nearby hangar.

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