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Delta flight to Ghana aborted, landing gear catches fire at JFK airport

Passengers on a Delta Air Lines flight from New York to Ghana had a scare and an unexpected overnight stay in New York late Monday.

The takeoff of Delta Flight 420 from John F. Kennedy International Airport to Kotoka International Airport in Accra, Ghana, was aborted due to an “airspeed indication issue,” according to Delta spokesman Adrian Gee.

Upon landing, the brakes on the Boeing 767 overheated and the plane was met by fire and rescue officials, Gee said.  Flames can be seen in video posted on social media. The 205 passengers evacuated via stairs.

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The airline provided hotel accommodations and meal vouchers, and travelers are expected to fly out Tuesday night.

“Delta apologizes to our customers onboard Flight 420 for delaying their travel,” Gee said in a statement. “We are working to get customers to their destination as soon as possible.”

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