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CAPTION ONLY: EVACUATION PREVENTS DISASTER AFTER KOREAN JET CRASH

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A Korean Air jet burns after crashing at Cheju Island Airport, south of Seoul. The plane had been battered by an approaching typhoon and skidded off a rain-slicked runway after a forced landing Wednesday, but all 160 people aboard escaped before the plane burst into flames. The pilot had tried unsuccessfully to abort the landing on the southern resort island of Cheju. But gale-force winds practically slammed the Airbus A-300 to the ground, and it rammed into a safety barricade at the end of the runway. Nine people - all from South Korea - were slightly injured. Airline officials said the quick evacuation prevented a major disaster.