Plane Catches Fire at O'Hare on Fire Drill Day

A Twitter user at Chicago’s O’Hare airport just tweeted out the photo below, showing a plane on fire. Popular conservative columnist Michele Malkin also tweeted out her own photo from a plane where she just landed. Ironically, this is the same day that O’Hare was conducting fire drills and telling people on social media not to be afraid if they saw anything unusual. But this one is legit.


All the passengers aboard the Boeing 767-300 have reportedly been evacuated safely, but emergency crews are still surrounding the plane.

The FAA has confirmed that it was a blown tire that caused an aborted take-off. It’s still not clear what caused the fire though.


The flight was American Airlines Flight 383 to Miami. The FAA is confirming that there are no injuries.

Update 4:11pm: The local Chicago ABC affiliate is now reporting that there are five minor injuries.


Update 4:14pm: The FAA is now reporting nine minor injuries. There’s currently a ground stop at O’Hare and planes are not taking off.

More videos of the aftermath are popping up on Twitter:


Update 4:18pm: A witness told the local ABC affiliate that there was an “explosion” on the right side of the plane and smoke started to fill the cabin.

Update 4:29pm: New reports from American Airlines say that the plane had 161 passengers and 9 crew members. They’re now saying that it was an “engine-related mechanical issue.”


Update 4:38pm: There are now reports that of the nine minor injuries, two of them might be more serious. There are also more videos coming out online showing the perspective from inside the aircraft as people evacuated.

Update 5:16pm: The ground stop has been lifted, but three runways remain closed. There are some delays for flights, naturally.


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