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American Airlines plane catches fire at Chicago airport, no casualties

At least 20 people sustained minor injuries when an American Airlines plane caught fire on a runway at O'Hare Airport here on Friday afternoon.

India TV News Desk, Chicago [ Published on: October 29, 2016 8:29 IST ]
Passengers walk away from a burning American Airlines jet
Passengers walk away from a burning American Airlines jet at at Chicago Airport.

At least 20 people sustained minor injuries when an American Airlines plane caught fire on a runway at O'Hare Airport here on Friday afternoon.

District Chief of EMS for O'Hare Juan Hernandez said 20 people had been transported to local hospitals with minor injuries including bruising, scrapes and ankle injuries sustained in the evacuation of the plane. 

An American Airlines plane caught fire on a runway at O'Hare Airport here, local officials said.

The 161 passengers and nine crew members were evacuated down emergency chutes on the left side of the plane while the wing on the right side burned, Chicago Tribune reported.

"Seven passengers and one flight attendant reported minor injuries and were transported to the hospital to be evaluated," American Airlines said in a statement.

The American Airlines Flight 383 departed Chicago for Miami on Friday afternoon when it blew a tire and damaged an engine

A Boeing 777 at Las Vegas International Airport in September 2015 aborted its take-off to London when one of its two engines failed.

In October 2015, passengers aboard a Dynamic Airways 767-200 were forced to evacuate because of a fuel leak that caused a fire while the aircraft was about to take-off in Florida.

Both incidents are still under investigation by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB).

 

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