American Airlines Plane Catches Fire at O'Hare Airport, Passengers Evacuated: Officials

CHICAGO (NBC CHICAGO) -- An incident involving an American Airlines plane prompted a major emergency response at O'Hare International Airport, authorities said.

According to the Federal Aviation Administration American Airlines Flight 383 departed from O'Hare and was headed to Miami when it blew a tire. American Airlines said the plane experienced an engine malfunction, however.

The pilots aborted the takeoff and passengers deplaned via a chute, authorities said. 

No injuries were immediately reported but smoke and fire could be seen at the airport just after 2:30 p.m. There were 161 passengers and nine crew members on the plane, the airline said.

The FAA has reported that a runway was closed at the airport due to a "disabled aircraft." Delays were expected.

Chicago fire officials reported an emergency at the scene, saying "aircraft down at O'Hare."

The incident prompted an extra-alarm response. 

 

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