American Airlines plane catches fire at O’Hare airport in Chicago


An American Airlines plane has caught fire on the runway of Chicago’s O’Hare airport while taking off.

The Boeing 767 bound for Miami blew a tyre and damaged an engine, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) said.

The pilot aborted the take-off and evacuated everyone on board via emergency chutes. Several people were injured, the FAA said, despite initially reporting no casualties.

Images and video showed black smoke billowing from the plane.

Nine crew members and 161 passengers were on board, American Airlines said.

The incident took place at 14:35 local time (19:35 GMT).

At 15:00, fire service officials announced that the fire was out.

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