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Twenty people were hospitalized with minor injuries after an American Airlines plane caught fire at O'Hare International Airport in Chicago, US last evening, ABC News reported.

The Fire Department has said the injuries were from the rapid evacuation down slides. The injuries consisted of minor bruising and ankle injuries, said Juan Hernandez, district chief of EMS.

The fire stemmed from an engine failure that was not contained, according to two federal sources. Pieces of the engine were found on the ground at the airport.

Dramatic video from inside the plane shows frantic passengers screaming in the plane's aisle as they line up to depart via chutes.

The 161 passengers and nine-crew deplaned on the runway, American Airlines said.

Firefighters were on the scene in less than 90 seconds, officials said.

American Airlines said its flight 383, a Boeing 767 bound for Miami, aborted takeoff because of an engine-related mechanical issue.

The Federal Aviation Administration said "preliminary reports indicate a blown tire," adding, it "is investigating to determine the cause."

Timothy Sampey of the Fire Department told reporters on Friday afternoon that the plane aborted its takeoff in ample time to bring the plane to a stop on the runway.

Sampey said the fire was in the No. 2 engine and was put out almost immediately.

He said the plane had a substantial amount of fuel and added that fuel was leaking.

This could have been "devastating,” he added.

(KTVU)

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