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5 ABOARD SAFE IN CRASH OF CARGO JET AT NEWARK

Five people climbed through a cockpit window to safety early today after a Federal Express cargo jet crashed, flipped onto its roof and burst into flames at Newark Airport.

No one on the ground was hurt, authorities said.

The plane, which originated in Anchorage, Alaska, hit the runway hard as it descended at 1:35 a.m. and flipped over, said Allen Morrison, a spokesman for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which manages the airport.

With flames spreading around them, "the five Fed Ex employees inside were able to climb out a cockpit window to safety. Officers were then there to help them. They all walked away from it," he said. "All reports so far indicate the injuries were minor."

The airport was immediately shut down and no flights were taking off or landing as authorities tried to put out the flames on the aircraft which was lying on its back, its landing gear pointing toward the sky. As dawn broke, the fire continued to flare up and smoke could be seen billowing from the wreckage.

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