American Airlines AA383 Boeing 767 ORD-MIA Aborted Take Off Due To “Uncontained Engine Failure”

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American Airlines flight AA383 that was operated by a Boeing 767 from Chicago O’Hare (ORD) to Miami (MIA) had an “uncontained right engine failure” at take off.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M9FqVYmcfgQ

The captain was able to abort the flight and pax then evacuated (some with their carry-ons) onto the tarmac as shown on the videos taken by the passengers.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mP1R8icwhl4

Here’s what CNN writes about the incident (access here):

A passenger who was sitting in the middle of row 31 said he heard a loud clunk, then saw a large ball of flame that he assumed came from the engine area. Gary Schiavone of DeMotte, Indiana, said the captain was able to stop the aircraft quickly, and then it was “coordinated chaos.”

There wasn’t much yelling or screaming, he told reporters, except passengers who shouted at others who were trying to grab their bags from the overhead bins. Schiavone said about 30 seconds into the evacuation, smoke started to pour into the cabin. The difficulty in breathing was the scariest part, he said.

Here’s an excerpt from the Guardian (access here):

The aircraft was built in 2003 and is among American’s youngest planes of that model. According to data from FlightGlobal, an aviation news and industry data company, at the start of 2016 the plane had flown more than 47,000 hours and made more than 7,500 cycles. Each takeoff and landing is one cycle.

American Airlines is flying 767 aircraft that have more than 100,000 hours and 18,000 cycles.

And here’s an excerpt from Reuters (access here):

“So they had a heavy volume of fire on both the engine and the entire wing,” he said. “This could have been absolutely devastating if it happened later.”

Sampey confirmed the incident began with a fire in the right-side engine.

The plane’s CF6 engine, the “workhorse” of the commercial aviation industry, was built by General Electric Co, and GE dispatched investigators to the scene, the company said

Conclusion

I am glad that all the passengers and crew members got out without fatalities. It is unfortunate, however, that still some passengers are trying to evacuate with their carry-ons that in other circumstances may have lead to some people dying to even the slightest delay getting out of the aircraft.

The plane in question was fairly new. It is unclear, however, how old the engines were as in the course of normal maintenance operations they are often swapped out.

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