Runways Reopen As Investigation Continues; Injured Upgraded

Five of the six runways at Denver

In this image taken from video released by KUSA-TV in Denver is shown a Continental Airlines Boeing 737 on Sunday, Dec. 21, 2008 in Denver. Thirty-eight people suffered injuries including broken bones, and two were in critical condition with fractures after the plane crashed Saturday evening upon takeoff, according to officials. (AP Photo/KUSA-TV) ** NO SALES, MANDATORY CREDIT **

DENVER (AP) - Five of the six runways at Denver's airport are open now as authorities continue to investigate yesterday's plane accident.

Thirty-eight people were hurt when a Continental Airlines jet went off a runway and wound up on fire in a ravine.

A Continental Airlines spokeswoman says fewer than seven of the injured remained in the hospital this morning. The conditions of two people who had been listed as critical were upgraded today, one
to serious and one to fair.

Federal investigators are trying to determine what went wrong.

The weather was cold but not snowy when the plane began taking off for Houston last evening. Denver's aviation manager says the plane veered off course about 2,000 feet from the end of the runway and did not appear to have gotten airborne.

All 110 passengers and five crew members made it out on emergency slides, and firefighters extinguished the flames quickly.

The entire right side of the Boeing 737 was burned. The fuselage partially buckled and one engine and part of the landing gear ripped off.

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