CHICAGO, Ill.-- An American Airlines plane caught fire on the tarmac at O’Hare International Airport before takeoff, forcing passengers exit using evacuation slides.
Video tweeted by a witness on the ground at the airport showed an airliner with a large tower of smoke rising from the right side of the plane. The video also showed one of the emergency slides being deployed.
At least six ambulances rushed to the scene.
According to an FAA tweet, the Miami-bound Flight 383 blew a tire before the fire started. One passenger reported hearing what sounded like an explosion.
A helicopter for CNN affiliate WGN shot live video of a plane sitting in the middle of a runway with a darkened right wing. About half a dozen emergency vehicles surrounded the commercial passenger jet.
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.
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