Texas first lady uninjured after plane catches fire

Texas first lady uninjured after plane catches fire

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Gov. Rick Perry takes the oath of office as his wife, Anita, left, and daughter, Sydney, center, look on during his inauguration, Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2011 in Austin, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

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Associated Press

Posted on March 26, 2011 at 6:43 PM

Updated Saturday, Mar 26 at 10:32 PM

El Jardin Ranch Airport

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AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas first lady Anita Perry was uninjured when the right engine of a World War II era plane in which she was riding caught fire while taxiing for takeoff.

A statement from Gov. Rick Perry's office said emergency crews immediately responded and extinguished the flames.

About 1 p.m. Saturday, Anita Perry and two executive protection bureau agents were aboard a B-25 taxiing for takeoff at the El Jardin Ranch, north of Laredo. The vintage bomber was performing at a small air show in Encinal.

The aircraft had a landing gear malfunction while taxiing. When the aircraft reached the end of the runway, the front landing collapsed, causing the right engine to catch fire.

No one was injured.

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