Updated: Plane Catches Fire At O'Hare, 20 Injuries Reported
By Stephen Gossett in News on Oct 28, 2016 8:30PM
Update, 4:45 p.m.:
Officials say a total of 20 people have been injured. According to the Chicago Sun-Times, those twenty people were treated at the hospital for minor injuries—Chicago Fire Department District Chief Juan Hernandez said there were "mostly bruises and ankle sprains suffered when sliding down the inflatable ramp exiting the plane."
Update, 4:24 p.m.:
American Airlines said in an update to Chicagoist that some injuries have been reported:
"All passengers onboard flight 383 have been bused back to the terminal. Seven passengers and one flight attendant reported injuries and were transported to the hospital to be evaluated. We are taking care of our customers and crew and are re-accommodating our passengers on another flight to Miami this evening."
An airplane caught on fire on Friday afternoon at O'Hare Airport. It was a two-alarm fire, according to the Chicago Fire Department.
Flight 383, scheduled for Miami, suspended takeoff shortly before 3 p.m. after an engine fire ignited on the right wing, according to ABC7. No injuries have been reported, and the plane was evacuated of passengers.
In a statement sent to Chicagoist, American Airlines reps explained what happened in more detail: "American Airlines flight 383, a Boeing 767 bound for Miami, aborted take off due to an engine-related mechanical issue. The 161 passengers and 9 crew deplaned on the runway and buses are enroute to pick up the passengers and bring them back to the terminal."
Several people Tweeted about the airplane fire Friday afternoon, but it's unclear whether they were observing the airplane fire or other controlled fires being set throughout the day at O'Hare for the Chicago Fire Department to perform scheduled fire drills. It appears to be a coincidence that an O'Hare plane caught fire during take-off on the same day as fire drills were scheduled at O'Hare.
Another video pic.twitter.com/jg58N8x3l8— Jose Castillo 🎃 (@Kryptonlogic) October 28, 2016
Massive airplane fire at #ohare. Happening right now. Prayers for everyone on board. pic.twitter.com/BPAeRXbWCD— chad mitchell (@cmmitchell4) October 28, 2016
The fire has been put out. Lots of emergency personnel now on the runway. #ohare pic.twitter.com/2gzbzJ1I2l— chad mitchell (@cmmitchell4) October 28, 2016
EMERGENCY AIRCRAFT DOWN AT OHARE 2 11 RESPONSE details to follow— Chicago Fire Media (@CFDMedia) October 28, 2016
Others tweeted earlier in the day about the practice fires:
Fire at ORD. Firemen on scene. @fly2ohare pic.twitter.com/h9jF46NLbS— Ajoy Reddi (@juicereddi) October 28, 2016
Don't be alarmed! The Chicago Fire Department at O'Hare is doing practice fires today on the airfield fire pit! @fly2ohare @Chicago_Scanner pic.twitter.com/Qfgr5RyMOI— ORD Airport Insider (@ORDInsider) October 28, 2016