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An AeroCancun jetliner carrying 166 passengers aborted takeoff and skidded off a runway after one of its two engines failed early Tuesday, officials said. No one was injured.

"He didn't go airborne, but was very close to where he would have been committed," airport administrator Ronald Durand said. "I would say it was a matter of seconds before he would have gotten airborne."

The DC-9, a charter flight headed for Cancun, Mexico, was mired in mud and snow at the end of the runway. Federal Aviation Administration manager William Reed said the engine may have failed after ingesting snow or a chunk of ice.

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