Plane's Tire Catches Fire After Landing at O'Hare

By BJ Lutz and Alex Perez
|  Friday, Aug 5, 2011  |  Updated 7:17 PM CDT
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Jordan Clark shot video with his cellphone as he walked away from the plane that caught fire after landing. Jordan was part of a group of 40 students from Iowa who were in Paris.

Jordan Clark shot video with his cellphone as he walked away from the plane that caught fire after landing. Jordan was part of a group of 40 students from Iowa who were in Paris.

An American Airlines plane was quickly evacuated after landing at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport on Friday afternoon after a report of a fire.

One of the tires of the plane apparently caught fire after landing. Airline spokeswoman Mary Frances Fagan said the captain declared an emergency after noticing the brakes overheating upon landing.

There may have been flames near the tires, but there was definitely smoke, said Fagan.

"We were coming in and it was like maybe 20, 25 minutes early. And the pilot -- we hit the ground really, really hard -- and then we pretty much slammed the brakes on and stopped immediately and kind of slid a bit, and then we were told to stand up and go out the emergency exits," said passenger Noah Boudreau, who was returning from a honeymoon in Paris with his new wife, Laura.

Fagan said there were 220 passengers and 12 crew members on board the Boeing 767-300.

Eight people refused treatment, according to Chicago Department of Aviation spokeswoman Karen Pride. The passengers were taken via bus to the international terminal for processing.

The flight, American Airlines 41, landed just after 2 p.m. and originated from Paris' Charles de Gaulle Airport.

The plane will be inspected to determine the cause of the fire.

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