American says eight injured in Chicago plane fire

By Jeff Williamson - Digital Content Manager

CHICAGO (AP) - Seven passengers and a flight attendant reported minor injuries after an American Airlines aircraft caught fire and passengers were evacuated onto the runway at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport.

American Airlines spokeswoman Leslie Scott says the injured were taken to a hospital to be evaluated.

Scott says Flight 383, a Boeing 767 bound for Miami, aborted a takeoff due to an engine-related mechanical issue. The 161 passengers and nine crew members were evacuated and buses took them to an airport terminal. Scott says the passengers will be placed on another flight to Miami this evening.

National Transportation Safety Board spokesman Keith Holloway says the board will conduct an investigation into the incident, with investigators expected to arrive on the scene Friday evening.

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