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Delta 737 rolls off taxiway into embankment at Atlanta airport; no passengers on board

The airline is investigating after the plane's brakes failed at the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. NBC's Brian Williams reports.

ATLANTA -- No one was injured when a Delta plane rolled off a taxiway and into an embankment at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport Tuesday morning.

Two Delta maintenance workers were testing the engines on the 737 aircraft shortly after 5 a.m. when the brakes failed and the plane began to move, according to Delta spokesman Eric Torgenson.

No passengers were aboard the plane when it left Taxiway E and crashed into the embankment. The plane sustained damage, but the extent of it is not yet known, Torgenson said.

A runway adjacent to Taxiway E is closed while crews work to move the plane.

According to the FAA, the incident has had no impact on operations at Hartsfield although it may do so later when Delta tries to recover the plane.

NBC's Jay Blackman contributed to this report.

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