AA Flight 41 evacuated at ORD

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American Airlines flight evacuated at O’Hare after landing gear fire
SUN-TIMES MEDIA WIRE August 5, 2011 4:10 p.m



About 220 passengers and 12 crew members used emergency chutes to evacuate from an American Airlines aircraft arriving from France after its landing gear began burning Friday afternoon at O’Hare Airport.

No one was hospitalized, but a few with “bumps and bruises’’ were being checked out.

About 2 p.m. there was a report of a fire aboard American Airlines flight 41, arriving at O’Hare from Charles de Gaulle Airport in France, Chicago Aviation spokeswoman Karen Pride said.

There were 219 passengers and 12 crew members aboard the flight, Chicago Fire Department spokesman Quention Curtis said.

Passengers used the emergency chutes after crews extinguished a small fire that started on the right landing gear, according to Curtis.

Eight people were checked out on the scene but signed refusals and were not taken to hospitals, fire spokesman Richard Rosado said.

A few others were being looked at for “bumps and bruises,’’ Rosado said.

“It was a great job by everyone,’’ said Curtis of the rescue.

Good job by the crew!
 
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