Plane makes emergency landing at O'Hare

September 22, 2008 4:07:27 PM PDT
No one was injured when a plane ran off the end of a runway at O'Hare International Airport Monday afternoon. American Airlines flight 268 was headed from Seattle to New York's John F. Kennedy Airport when it was forced to land in Chicago. Officials said a warning light in the cockpit went off during the flight, forcing the pilot to divert to O'Hare. According to American Airlines, the Boeing 757 had a problem with its electrical systems.

The plane blew a tire as it landed, coming to rest just off the end of Runway 22R at 1:30 p.m.

American Airlines officials said no emergency was declared prior to landing, but the Chicago Fire Department was called to the runway on an 'emergency alert' and put on stand-by.

The 185 passengers were removed from the plane by stairs and bused to the terminal where they were reassigned to alternative flights.

The FAA is investigating what happened. Officials said the National Transportation Safety Board may also investigate.

The plane was due to land at JFK at 4:10 p.m.


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