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220 People Evacuated from American Airlines Flight in Chicago When Fire Starts

August 7, 2011

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August 8, 2011

A flight from Paris to Chicago ended with 220 passengers evacuating the plane via an emergency slide when American Airlines Flight 41 caught fire upon landing at O’Hare International Airport.

All passengers and 12 crew members were forced to evacuate when at least one right-side tyre caught fire as the Boeing 767-300 landed on Friday, August 5, around 2 p.m. The smell of a hot brake could reportedly be detected inside the plane after a fire was reported on brake No 7. The flight otherwise experienced a routine landing.

Eight people refused treatment of minor injuries at the scene.

The Daily Mail reports that the airline still doesn’t know what caused the fire to start and is working with the National Transportation Safety Board and Federal Aviation Administration to make a determination.

"American will not speculate as to the possible causes of the incident,” said a statement. “American Airlines is in direct contact and cooperating fully with officials from the National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration.”

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