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Eight injured after plane catches fire on runway in Chicago

Published 28/10/2016 | 23:24

Soot covers the fuselage of an American Airlines jet that blew a tire, sparking a fire and prompting the pilot to abort takeoff before passengers were evacuated from the plane via emergency chute, at O'Hare International Airport in Chicago, Illinois, U.S.October 28, 2016. REUTERS/Jim Young
Soot covers the fuselage of an American Airlines jet that blew a tire, sparking a fire and prompting the pilot to abort takeoff before passengers were evacuated from the plane via emergency chute, at O'Hare International Airport in Chicago, Illinois, U.S.October 28, 2016. REUTERS/Jim Young
Smoke rises after an American Airlines jet (background) blew a tire, sparking a fire and prompting the pilot to abort takeoff before passengers were evacuated from the plane via emergency chute, at O'Hare International Airport in Chicago, Illinois, U.S., in this still image taken from video October 28, 2016. Courtesy of Robocast.com/Handout via REUTERS.

Seven passengers and a flight attendant reported minor injuries after an American Airlines aircraft caught fire and passengers were evacuated onto the runway at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport.

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American Airlines spokeswoman Leslie Scott said the injured were taken to a hospital to be evaluated.

Ms Scott said Flight 383, a Boeing 767 bound for Miami, aborted a take-off due to an engine-related mechanical issue.

The 161 passengers and nine crew members were evacuated and buses took them to an airport terminal. Ms Scott said passengers will be placed on another flight to Miami tonight.

Television reports showed a large plume of black smoke coming from the airliner, which appeared to be damaged at its rear. Evacuation chutes extended from the plane with emergency vehicles surrounding the aircraft.

The Federal Aviation Administration said in a statement that while the Boeing 767 was taking off around 2.35pm, the pilots reported that the aircraft blew a tyre and they aborted the take-off.

National Transportation Safety Board spokesman Keith Holloway said the board will conduct an investigation into the incident, with investigators expected to arrive on the scene later tonight.

Soot covers the fuselage of an American Airlines jet that blew a tire, sparking a fire and prompting the pilot to abort takeoff before passengers were evacuated from the plane via emergency chute, at O'Hare International Airport in Chicago, Illinois, U.S.October 28, 2016. REUTERS/Jim Young
Soot covers the fuselage of an American Airlines jet that blew a tire, sparking a fire and prompting the pilot to abort takeoff before passengers were evacuated from the plane via emergency chute, at O'Hare International Airport in Chicago, Illinois, U.S.October 28, 2016. REUTERS/Jim Young
Smoke rises after an American Airlines jet (background) blew a tire, sparking a fire and prompting the pilot to abort takeoff before passengers were evacuated from the plane via emergency chute, at O'Hare International Airport in Chicago, Illinois, U.S., in this still image taken from video October 28, 2016. Courtesy of Robocast.com/Handout via REUTERS.

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