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Airliner Catches Fire At Chicago's O'Hare Airport; No Serious Injuries Reported

American Airlines Flight 383, a Boeing 767, aborted its takeoff at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport today and caught fire. The airline says the reason was "an engine-related issue." The Federal Aviation Administration says the plane blew a tire. Passengers were evacuated onto the runway.

Airliner Catches Fire At Chicago's O'Hare Airport; No Serious Injuries Reported

The airline says seven passengers and one flight attendant reported minor injuries and were taken to a hospital. Local media report 20 people suffered minor injuries. The airline says it rescheduled the rest of the passengers on other flights.

The plane, which was bound for Miami, was carrying 161 passengers and nine crew members.

The Associated Press reports flames and heavy black smoke poured from the plane.

"Footage from the scene showed the Boeing 767, which appeared to be damaged on its rear and along its right side, sitting on the runway with flames underneath and shooting from one side along with plumes of smoke. The right wing was drooping toward the ground and appeared to have partially melted.

"Passengers came down emergency slides, hurrying across grass next to the runway as emergency vehicles surrounded the plane.

"Buses were sent to pick up the passengers and bring them back to the terminal, the airline said. The passengers were to be placed on another flight to Miami Friday evening."

In addition to the FAA, the National Transportation Safety Board says it will conduct an investigation, with investigators expected to arrive on the scene Friday evening.

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