American Airlines plane catches fire on tarmac at Chicago O’Hare, forcing evacuation

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CHICAGO — Passengers and crew evacuated from American Airlines flight 383 just before takeoff on Friday afternoon at Chicago O’Hare International Airport. The pilots aborted takeoff after the plane blew a tire, and then a fire broke out on the plane’s right side.

Seven passengers and one flight attendant were injured and taken to hospitals, American spokeswoman Leslie Scott said. There was no immediate word on their condition.

A man on board reported hearing an explosion on the flight from Chicago to Miami. Jose Castillo tweeted that his father was on board and documented what happened:

A WGN helicopter shot live video of the plane sitting in the middle of a runway with a darkened right wing. About half a dozen emergency vehicles surrounded the commercial passenger jet.

The plane is a Boeing 767, and the runway it was taxiing on has been closed.