A United Airlines aircraft had to abort takeoff from Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport after one of the plane’s engines caught fire.

Video footage shows smoke coming out of the plane’s wing.


The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) confirmed United Flight 2091, scheduled to leave for Seattle at 2 p.m., experienced an engine fire.

The aircraft was an Airbus A320.

“Left engine (International Aero Engines IAE V2527-A5) of United Airlines Airbus A320-232 aircraft(N432UA) operating flight UA2091 to Seattle (SEA), caught fire, followed by smoke through wing , resulting in an aborted takeoff at Chicago O’Hare (ORD) earlier today,” FL360aero stated.

Fox News reports:

The flight was headed to Seattle-Tacoma International Airport in Washington. An airport spokesman said the airplane experienced an “emergency situation” upon departure and the situation was resolved “safely.”

The FAA said it has halted arrivals into the airport.

United Airlines told Fox News Digital the plane was towed to the gate, passengers deplaned normally and no injuries were reported.

“We are working to make alternative travel arrangements for customers,” UA said in a statement.

The airplane had 148 passengers on board, with five crew members.

From the New York Post:

United Flight 2091 was set to fly to Seattle at around 2 p.m. when its engine burst into flames on the taxiway and forced 148 passengers and five crew members to evacuate after the Airbus 320 was towed back to a gate, the Federal Aviation Administration and United Airlines said in separate statements.

Footage shot by a passenger from inside the plane showed thick smoke coming from one of the wings as the aircraft drove on the tarmac.

The passenger who took the video, Ivan Paloalto, told Storyful he heard an explosion as the plane was nearing takeoff.

“I felt the impact on my window. As I looked, the engine was on fire and smoke was coming out,” he said.

The FAA temporarily halted arrivals into the Chicago airport on one of the busiest travel weekends of the year until regular operations started again at 2:45 p.m., the agency said.

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