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Published on : Saturday, October 29, 2016
The American Airlines flight 383 was heading towards Miami, while it encountered a mechanical fault. The jet was about to take off from the O’Hare international airport, when it caught fire carrying 170 passengers and crew members onboard.
The spokeswoman for the airline, Leslie Scott informed that one crew member and seven air passengers were injured due to the fire and heavy smoke. The airport authorities and the emergency officials took the injured people to a nearby hospital.
According to the passengers of the jet, the flight was speeding down for the take off, when they heard explosion that was followed by flames and heavy smoke. One of the passengers informed that after the explosion people panicked and jumped to the left side of the plane. Some witnesses informed that people were screaming ‘Open the door! Open the door!’ as smoke filled the cabin and the fire was melting the windows.
The rear end and the right side of the Boeing 767 got damaged because of the explosion and fire. The right wing of the flight also got damaged and it was drooping downwards.
The crew had to get the help of emergency slides to get the passengers down from the burning jet. The officials sent the passengers near grass and they later sent buses to pick up and bring the passengers to the airport.
The passengers were later sent to Miami on Friday evening by another jet arranged by the airlines.
According to a statement given by the Federal Aviation Administration, the flight made the emergency evacuation around 2.35 pm local time.
The National Transportation Safety Board later launched an investigation to unveil the reason behind the blast.
Another FedEx flight from Memphis also caught fire while attempting a landing at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport on Friday, 28th October around 6 pm local time. It was found that the landing gear of the jet collapsed as it tried to land.
The airport authorities and emergency officials managed to put out the fire from the fuel tank and the left wind of the jet. The incident forced the air traffic controllers of Fort Lauderdale to issue a ground stop for awhile. The south runway later reopened around 7 pm local time, while the north runway remained shut for investigation.
Tags: American Airlines, Chicago, Federal Aviation Administration (, Fort Lauderdale, Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, miami, National Transportation Safety Board, O'Hare International Airport