Dramatic moment American Airlines flight carrying 161 burst into flames on take- off at Chicago O’Hare before coming to a screeching halt is caught on video

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By ASHLEY COLLMAN FOR DAILYMAIL.COM

Video has emerged showing firefighters rushing to the scene of a horrifying plane fire this past October.

American Airlines Flight 383 from Chicago’s O’Hare Airport to Miami was just about to take off on October 28, when the right engine suddenly caught fire.

Airport surveillance videos obtained by NBC Chicago show the pilots immediately grounding the plane, when fire and thick plumes of black smoke started coming out of the back of the plane.

NBC also obtained dashcam video from the fire engines that responded to the plane.

Fire crews at the airport were immediately notified of the fire and started spraying the burning plane with foam as soon as it came to a stop on the tarmac.

The NTSB is still investigating what caused the plane to catch fire, but it’s believed that a fan disk in the right engine flew apart and severed a fuel line, which then ignited a fire.

Witnesses believe the plane would have exploded if the pilots had actually taken off.

Instead, the pilots brought the plane to a stop just 26 seconds after the fire started, getting down from a speed of 147 miles per hour.

The nine crew helped get all 161 passengers off the plane within two minutes and 21 seconds of coming to a stop.

There were a few injuries but none of them were due to the actual fire.

Hector Cardenas was one of the passengers to capture the terror of the evacuation on video, showing passengers who were begging each other to leave the plane faster after it caught on fire.

‘Please let us out too,’ someone can be heard saying in the video as the passengers line up to go down the escape chute slides.

‘F*****g go,’ one man screams as another woman simply wails ‘Please’ as she tries to get to the exit faster.

Cardenas then goes down the slide and lets out a scream as the passengers begin falling on top of each other before reaching the tarmac.

‘Oh my God, oh my God, oh my God,’ Cardenas can be heard saying from behind the camera as he turns it on the plane, a massive cloud of black smoke filling the air.

Sarah Ahmed, one of the last people off the plane, said smoke began to seep into the passenger compartment and she could see flames up against the windows.

A month after the incident, 18 passengers filed a lawsuit, claiming their lives were put in danger because of the plane’s ‘unsafe construction’.

The lawsuit names American Airlines, aircraft manufacturer Boeing Inc. and engine manufacturer General Election Aviation.

The lawsuit claims GE sold a faulty engine that Chicago-based Boeing used to assemble an unsafe aircraft, The Chicago Sun-Times reported.

The passengers also claim American Airlines employees should have done a better job inspecting the plane.

They contend employees failed to provide ‘assistance, supervision and instruction’ during evacuation.

Read originally published story: Daily Mail Online

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