O'Hare International Airport

8 injured after plane catches fire at Chicago airport

Flames and heavy black smoke poured from the side of an American Airlines jet that aborted takeoff and caught fire on the runway at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport on Friday, forcing 170 crew and passengers to evacuate and resulting in eight injuries, authorities said.

Pilots on American Airlines Flight 383 bound for Miami reported an engine-related mechanical issue, according to airline spokeswoman Leslie Scott. She said seven passengers and a flight attendant with minor injuries were taken to a hospital to be evaluated.

Passenger Sarah Ahmed told WLS-TV (http://abc7.ws/2eNEQSe ) the plane was speeding down the runway when she heard an explosion and saw flames and...