Delta Boeing 757 flight severely delayed after engine fire in Mexico City

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A Delta Air Lines Boeing 757-200 registered N687DL, scheduled to fly Mexico-New York JFK as DL8817 this morning at 09:20 local time, was evacuated through slides on a taxiway at Mexico City‘s  Benito Juárez International airport. It had left Terminal 2 Gate 54 on its way to the runway when it stopped abruptly due to fire on engine #2.

No injuries were reported, some nervous breakdowns only.

UPDATE: the flight is now scheduled to leave at 18:51 local time (UTC-6).

UPDATE 2: the flight eventually departed at 19:58, ten and a half hours late, with a replacement aircraft, another Boeing 757-200 registered N6709. The aircraft with the incident will fly back to Atlanta on 2 January with positioning flight number DL9960.

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