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Mechanic Killed in Jet Engine as People Board

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From Times Wire Reports

A mechanic was sucked into a jet engine and killed while passengers were boarding a plane, officials in El Paso said.

National Transportation Safety Board spokeswoman Lauren Peduzzi said she did not know if any passengers saw the accident, which involved a Boeing 737-500 operated by Continental Airlines.

Peduzzi said that because of an earlier problem with the engine, its metal covering was open at the time.

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Authorities said 114 passengers and five crew members were boarding at the time.

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