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    Flaming Jet Aborts Take-Off in Chicago, Passengers Escape

    They were yelling, “Open the door, open the door!” Passengers panicked as they watched an engine of their American Airlines Boeing 767 burst into flames just as the plane was taking off from Chicago’s O’Haire Airport Friday evening. The pilot aborted the take-off — in all likelihood saving the lives of those onboard — allowing all to escape via emergency slides, 21 of them injured. Authorities originally reported the jet had blown a tire, but later cited “uncontained engine failure,” ejecting parts like shrapnel, and the National Transportation Safety Board is investigating.

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