United Airlines Flight Catches Fire at Chicago O’Hare Airport


It has emerged that a United Airlines flight, originally bound for Seattle, suffered a fire in one of it’s engines, resulting in a rejected takeoff at Chicago O’Hare.

Information has been released pertinent to the incident, which we will get into in this article.

Without further ado, let’s get into it…

United Airlines UA2091 – Chicago O’Hare to Seattle…

Data provided by RadarBox.com.
United Airlines Flight Catches Fire at Chicago O'Hare Airport
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United Airlines flight UA2091 is a routine scheduled flight between Chicago O’Hare and Seattle.

The aircraft involved in this incident is suspected to be N432UA.

As per data from Planespotters.net, N432UA is a 28.1 year old Airbus A320 that was delivered to the airline in May 1996.

Of the A320ceo variant, United Airlines has 87 of them in the fleet.

Furthermore, of that 87, all but six are in active service, with an average fleet age of 25.3 years.

Reporting from Fox News states that the aircraft’s engine caught fire during the takeoff procedure at Chicago O’Hare.

From there, the crew was able to reject the takeoff, due to not being at the V1 decision speed.

It is understood that the aircraft was taken back to the gate, where passengers deplaned shortly after.

United Airlines said the following in a statement:

“We are working to make alternative travel arrangements for customers”.

The spokesperson also said that the aircraft experienced an “emergency situation” and that this was resolved “safely”.

It is unclear if the FAA will investigate this.

Aircraft Expected Back in Service Tomorrow…

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Data from RadarBox states that the aircraft is due to return to service tomorrow (May 28).

It is expected to operate flights to the following destinations:

  • Albany
  • New York LaGuardia

However, this could be subject to change, depending on the extent of the damage suffered in the engine fire at Chicago O’Hare.

All eyes will be on the extent of the damage, and whether it can be repaired in time for tomorrow’s rotations.

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