O'Hare Plane Fire Caused By Engine Failure

Oct 31, 2016

Passengers that were supposed to go from O’Hare to Miami on Friday had to evacuate a flight before takeoff due to the plane catching fire. A federal investigator says engine pieces from the American Airlines plane that caught fire at O'Hare were found thousands of feet away.

Passengers walk away from an American Airlines jet that aborted a takeoff and caught fire at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport. No serious injuries were reported.
Credit JOSE CASTILLO / Associated Press

Lorenda Ward, a National Transportation Safety Board senior investigator, confirms the fire was caused by engine failure. The specific cause of the engine failure has not yet been determined.

Ward says the fire started in a pool of fuel under the right wing of the Boeing 767.

One piece of engine was found nearly 3,000 feet away at a UPS warehouse. Another was found about 15-hundred feet away.

All 20 people slightly injured during the incident were out of the hospital by late Saturday. Pilots aborted the takeoff and evacuated 161 passengers from the plane.