A ground stop was issued Friday after a plane caught on fire on a runway at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport, the Federal Aviation Administration said.
Delays were expected because of the fire.
It was reported that the plane, American Airlines flight 383 to Miami, blew a tire which sparked the fire.
The blaze was visible to passengers both on the tarmac and in the terminal.
The fire was rumored to be a training exercise, especially given a tweet sent by an account that appeared to be affiliated with the airport.
That account later clarified that it was in fact an unrelated emergency situation, as confirmed by the Chicago Fire Department.
Passengers were seen exiting the plane. Seven passengers and a flight attendant reported minor injuries. American Airlines spokeswoman Leslie Scott said the injured were taken to a hospital to be evaluated.
The 161 passengers and nine crew members were evacuated and buses took them to an airport terminal. Scott said the passengers will be placed on another flight to Miami this evening.
National Transportation Safety Board spokesman Keith Holloway said the board will conduct an investigation into the incident, with investigators expected to arrive on the scene Friday evening.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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