American Airlines Flight 383 aborted takeoff from Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport due to an engine-related mechanical issue on Friday afternoon, the airline told CNBC. The FAA said the Miami-bound Boeing 767 blew a tire and damaged an engine, prompting the pilots to abort takeoff.
The 161 passengers and 9 crew members deplaned via chute onto the runway. The airline said all passengers have been bused back to the terminal. Seven passengers and one flight attendant reported minor injuries and were transported to the hospital to be evaluated. The company said it is re-accommodating its passengers on another flight to Miami this evening.
The Chicago Department of Aviation said the Chicago Fire Department responded to Flight 383 on fire at the airport at approximately 2:35 p.m. local time.
An American Airlines Boeing 767-300, registration N345AN performing flight AA-383 from Chicago O’Hare,IL to Miami,FL (USA) with 161 passengers and 9 crew, was accelerating for takeoff from O’Hare’s runway 28R at about 14:50L (19:50Z) when the crew rejected takeoff at high speed reporting “stopping on the runway”, tower acknowledged with “Fire”, subsequently adding fire from the right hand wing, the crew requested the trucks. The aircraft slowed and came to a stop with the right hand engine (CF6) ablaze, a large black plume of smoke rising above the aircraft. The crew initiated an emergency evacuation via slides. 7 passengers and one flight attendant received minor injuries in the evacuation and were taken to hospitals. The aircraft received substantial damage, the fuselage skin melted aft of the right hand wing, the outboard part of the right hand wing melted and is down on the ground, the inner part substantially burned.
The FAA reported the aircraft blew a tyre prompting the crew to reject takeoff.
The airline reported an engine malfunction prompted the crew to reject takeoff. Seven passengers and one flight attendant received minor injuries and were taken to hospitals.
The NTSB reported a tyre blew out resulting in a fire. Investigators have been dispatched on site, an investigation has been opened.
Gossip from Chicago suggests, a number of right hand main tyres burst after the aircraft hit a foreign object on the runway, debris penetrated the right hand inner fuel tank causing a substantial fuel leak and resulting fire.
The flight was cancelled.
The Aviation Herald