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The beginning of the last Friday of October has matched with two planes catching fire in the United States.
Sheer panic erupted on an American Airlines flight after part of the Boeing 767 went up in flames during takeoff at O’Hare (Chicago) on Friday.
According to the Federal Aviation Administration, American Airlines Flight 383 was departing from O’Hare and was headed to Miami when it experienced “a problem during takeoff.” A federal official quoted by the Associated Press news agency said the plane appeared to have suffered a rare and serious type of engine failure in which parts break off and are spewed outside the engine.
One of the passengers said: “We started to take off, we didn’t get in the air, it seemed like the right side engine blew—big ball of fire“.
The pilots aborted the takeoff and passengers exited via a chute as flames were reported. Flight attendants claimed that the evacuation of the plane appeared to be a bit chaotic, however, all 161 passenger, 9 crew members and a dog managed to make it off safely in less than two minutes.
According to the latest information, 19 passengers and 1 crew member reported injuries and were transported to area hospitals for evaluation. Luckily, most of those transported suffered minor injuries and were listed in stable condition.
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Therefore, hours after an American Airlines incident, one more aeroplane caught fire on the runway.
A FedEx cargo plane caught fire while landing at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport in the United States, causing the airport to shut down for several hours.
Depending on the reports, the cargo plane caught fire due to a landing gear failure. The fire, which was contained to the left wing and fuel tank, was put out within minutes of the landing. Fortunately, both pilots escaped without injury.
Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue spokesman Mike Jachles said there were no injuries and the fire did not spread to the cargo on the plane, which included 46,000 pieces of mail and 40,000 pounds of fuel.