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Brakes looked at in Continental runway incident: report

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Braking problems may be to blame for a Continental Airlines flight running off a runway in Denver this week-end, according to an online report in the Wall Street Journal on Sunday.

On Saturday, a Continental-operated Boeing 737 failed to take off from Denver en route to Houston. The airplane subsequently ran off the runway, dramatically catching on fire, and leaving many of those on board with injuries.

The Journal, citing people familiar with early data gathered by investigators, said preliminary indications point to a braking malfunction.

No safety officials have officially commented, according to the report.

“We can not speculate on the cause of the accident,” said Continental spokeswoman Julie King, adding that the National Transportation Safety Board is in charge of the accident investigation.

Boeing was not immediately available for comment.

Reporting by Lilla Zuill and Michael Erman; editing by Gary Crosse

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