Strange Noises Heard on Jet-Crash Tape

DENVER  — Investigators say a bumping and rattling sound was heard on a Continental Airlines plane that veered off a runway and crashed at Denver International Airport on Saturday.

The sound began 41 seconds after the plane started down the runway. Four seconds later, a crew member called for the takeoff to be aborted. The recording ends shortly after that, presumably because the plane slammed into the ground after hurtling off an embankment.

Thirty-eight people were injured.

National Transportation Safety Board spokesman Robert Sumwalt says investigators have found no problems with the plane's engines, tires or brakes, but are still not ruling anything out.

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