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American Airlines Fire Caused by Uncontained Engine Failure

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  • Similar malfunction occurred on Southwest plane two months ago
  • Passenger reports ‘huge explosion’ in comments to Chicago TV

An American Airlines jetliner that caught fire while preparing for takeoff from Chicago’s O’Hare airport late Friday sustained an uncontained engine failure, the second time the rare malfunction has occurred on a U.S. airliner in recent weeks, according to the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board.

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