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The fire that broke out in the engine of a Skymark Airlines jetliner just after takeoff from Kagoshima airport in December 2005 was likely caused by sulfur particulate attaching to the turbine blades, a Japan Transport Safety Board panel said Friday.

The Japan Transport Safety Board, part of the Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism Ministry, said in a report that the sulfur particulate may have been part of yellow sand containing volcanic gas and sulfides.

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