CHICAGO -- At least eight people -- seven passengers and one flight attendant -- were injured, two seriously, when a plane caught fire at Chicago O'Hare International Airport on Friday afternoon, WLS-TV reports.
American Airlines Flight 383, a Boeing B767, was departing for Miami at 2:20 p.m. but blew a tire at 2:35 p.m. and aborted takeoff, according to the Federal Aviation Administration and WFLD-TV. The FAA is investigating the incident.
WLS reports when the pilot returned to the runway, the fire broke out on the right wing engine of the plane.
Officials were able to put the fire out by 3 p.m.
American Airlines said all 161 passengers and nine crew members were able to evacuate the plane. Emergency inflatable slides were deployed.
The airport was conducting drills earlier in the day, which sparked confusion about whether the fire on the plane was part of a training exercise.
A ground stop was in place at O'Hare until the scene is clear.