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20 injured after plane catches fire on Chicago Airport

About 20 people were taken to the hospital with minor injuries that occurred during the evacuation down the emergency slides

An American Airlines plane caught fire on a runway at O’Hare Airport here, local officials said. The 161 passengers and nine crew members were evacuated down emergency chutes on the left side of the plane while the wing on the right side burned, Chicago Tribune reported.

About 20 people were taken to the hospital with minor injuries that occurred during the evacuation down the emergency slides, District Chief Juan Hernandez said. There were people with minor bruising or injured ankles, he said. None of the injuries were caused by the fire

“Seven passengers and one flight attendant reported minor injuries and were transported to the hospital to be evaluated,” American Airlines said in a statement. The American Airlines Flight 383 departed Chicago for Miami on Friday afternoon when it blew a tire and damaged an engine.

Four of the airport’s runways were closed still late afternoon Friday, but that was not affecting airport operations, said Ginger Evans, the commissioner of the Chicago Department of Aviation.
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