Plane Aborts Takeoff from Chicago's Midway Airport Due to Engine Fire
PHOTO: Chicago's Midway Field, site of an aborted departure due to engine fire late Wednesday night. (Courtesy of Thinkstock)
A Southwest Airlines flight scheduled to take off from Chicago Midway International Airport was forced to abort its departure due to one of the aircraft’s engines catching on fire on the runway.
According to Alexandra Chachkevitch of the Chicago Tribune, Southwest Airlines Flight 3299 was beginning its takeoff down the runway at around 10:45 p.m. local time on Wednesday night when the pilot was forced to abort the departure due to a fire in the aircraft’s right engine.
Chicago Fire Department spokesman Frank Velez told the Chicago Tribune that the engine had indeed caught fire, but the cause of the issue would not be known until crews assessed the engine and could make a determination.
Official at Midway Airport dispatched six ambulances and a plethora of fire equipment to the scene of the aborted takeoff, and all 143 passengers and five crew members were safely removed from the aircraft without incident. There were no reported injuries.
Southwest Airlines reports that the passengers will be rebooked on flights to their Boston destination and should arrive Thursday.
This is just the latest in a series of emergency landings in the last week. As TravelPulse reported, the latest came when an American Airlines flight to Los Angeles was forced to make an emergency landing in Texas Tuesday due to an apparent hydraulics problem.
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