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Watch: United Airlines Engine Catches Fire on Runway Moments Before Takeoff


In the midst of heavy Memorial Day travel, a United Airlines aircraft experienced an engine fire that forced the plane to abort takeoff, momentarily stopping arrivals at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport.
The New York Post said that a dramatic video of the incident, which happened on Monday, showed smoke shooting out of one of the wings from the tarmac.

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The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) confirmed that the engine of the Airbus A320 caught fire just before United Flight 2091 was scheduled to take off from the airport at around 2:00 PM (local time).

It was expected to fly to Seattle when the engine burst into flames on the taxiway, forcing 148 passengers on board and five crew members to evacuate as the plane was towed back to a gate, the FAA and the airlines have stated in separate statements.

The FAA noted that an engine of the plane caught fire, while the airline only described it as “an issue with the engine.”

“The fire department and medical personnel met the aircraft out of an abundance of caution,” CNN quoted United officials as saying. They added that no injuries were reported.

This incident forced the FAA to temporarily halt arrivals at the busy Chicago airport, while regular operations started at around 2:45 PM (local time).


A video, reportedly shot by a passenger from inside the plane, shows thick smoke coming out from one of the wings of the plane as it ran on the tarmac.

The person who recorded the video says he heard an explosion right before the plane took off.

“My window felt the impact. The passenger informed a publication, “As I looked, smoke was coming out and the engine was on fire.”

The airline said in a statement that all of the passengers were evacuated “normally” and that first responders “immediately addressed” the engine problem.

The statement read, “We are working to make alternative travel arrangements for customers.”

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