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JetBlue Flight Evacuated at Puerto Rico Airport

iStock Editorial/Thinkstock(SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico) -- Passengers suffered minor injuries Saturday after evacuating a New York-bound flight out of Puerto Rico.

An engine fire forced the evacuation of JetBlue Airways Flight 704 at Luis Munoz Marin International Airport in San Juan around 7:14 p.m, during the time the aircraft was set to for take-off. The 186 passengers and six crew members used emergency slides to leave the aircraft, according to airport official Augustine Arellano.

Three people were taken to the hospital for minor bruises from the slide, Arellano added.

Pastor Raymond Talavera was scheduled to head home to the Bronx, New York when the engine fire broke out.

"All of a sudden there was a huge bang, a boom sound on the left side. I was in the front row so when I looked out the left side of the plane, I saw the smoke coming out of the engine," Talavera said. "...People got up on their feet. They began to scream. They began to lose control. My hats off to the JetBlue crew. I mean they really kept everybody calm."

Officials are investigating the cause of the fire.

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