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Startled passengers flee using plane's escape chutes

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(CNN) -- Passengers aboard a plane that was preparing for takeoff activated and used emergency escape chutes after flames shot out of a jet engine, a Delta Air Lines spokeswoman said.

Delta Flight 1036 experienced what is called a "hot start" after pulling back from the gate at Tampa International Airport and starting its engines, said spokeswoman Catherine Stengel.

"That's when flames come out of the engine. It is normal," she said.

"But a few of the passengers got nervous about it and elected to pull the chutes and go out through the chutes," she added. "If they know how to do it, they can. And they did."

Some passengers who used the chutes suffered minor injuries and were taken to a local hospital, Stengel said.

Stengel said the chutes automatically deploy when the cabin door is opened in a potential emergency.

The flight's remaining passengers deplaned normally, she said.

Usually in a Boeing 757, Flight 1036 is a regularly scheduled flight between Tampa and Atlanta, Georgia. Its scheduled departure time was 7:05 a.m. EDT.

Stengel said Monday morning's passengers were put on another flight

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