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American Airlines Plane Blows a Tire During Takeoff in Chicago; Passengers Safe

Video of Flight 383, which was headed to Miami, shows thick black smoke emerging from the aircraft and passengers walking on grass.

Bob Strong / Reuters

What we know:

—The FAA says American Airlines Flight 383 blew a tire while taking off from Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport.

—Video posted on Twitter shows thick black smoke emerging from the aircraft. All passengers are reportedly safe.

—We’re live-blogging the news below. All updates are in Eastern Daylight Time (GMT -4).

Updates

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Eight Injured in O'Hare Fire

A spokesman for American Airlines says seven passengers and one flight attendant were injured after their plane caught fire at O’Hare International Airport.

They were taken to the hospital. Their condition is unknown.

The rest of the passengers were given a new flight to Miami.

A Fire Drill Earlier in the Day Adds to Confusion

There apparently was a fire drill earlier Friday, which led to confusion initially about what was happening at O’Hare.


Video of What Happened

There’s now video of the plane:

Word from the FAA: American Airlines Flight 383 Blew a Tire, Aborted Takeoff

The Federal Aviation Administration has more information on what happened:


A Drill?

But earlier Friday authorities had planned a drill at the airport.


Chicago Fire Department Tweets

The fire department said an aircraft was down at O’Hare, the world’s busiest airport.