18 passengers file lawsuit after O’Hare plane fire

ohareplanefire

CHICAGO — A lawsuit has been filed by 18 passengers who were aboard an American Airlines aircraft that caught fire last month on the tarmac of Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport after an engine failed.

The lawsuit filed Monday in Cook County Circuit Court targets American, aircraft manufacturer Boeing Inc. and engine manufacturer General Electric Aviation.

The Chicago Sun-Times reports the lawsuit claims GE sold a faulty engine that Chicago-based Boeing used to assemble an unsafe aircraft. The passengers also claim American Airlines employees should have done a better job inspecting the plane. They contend employees failed to provide “assistance, supervision and instruction” during evacuation.

Pilots on Oct. 28 aborted the takeoff of American Airlines Flight 383 to Miami. All 161 passengers and nine crew safely evacuated, with officials saying 20 people suffered minor injuries.