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Passengers that were supposed to go from O’Hare to Miami on Friday had to evacuate a flight before takeoff due to the plane catching fire. A federal investigator says engine pieces from the American Airlines plane that caught fire at O'Hare were found thousands of feet away.

Lorenda Ward, a National Transportation Safety Board senior investigator, confirms the fire was caused by engine failure. The specific cause of the engine failure has not yet been determined.

Ward says the fire started in a pool of fuel under the right wing of the Boeing 767.

"O'Hare Airport" by Flickr User Dave Sizer / (CC BY 2.0)

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel says 5,000 jobs will be created out of a newly-minted $1.3 billion deal to build the final runway in the overhaul of O'Hare International Airport.

The agreement between the city, United Airlines and American Airlines was announced on Saturday.

Construction is set to begin in May with the new runway opening in 2020. Emanuel touted the deal Sunday.

For years, Chicago has been untangling O'Hare's six crisscrossing runways and rearranging them in a safer and more efficient layout.

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Screening for the Ebola virus begins today at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport.

Customs and health officials will take temperatures of passengers from three West African countries. They will use no-touch thermometers to try to halt the spread of the Ebola virus that has killed thousands.

Customs officials say about 150 people travel daily from or through west African countries to the U-S. Almost all of them land in New York, Chicago, Newark, Atlanta or Washington, D.C.


The director of the Illinois Department of Public Health says that the state is prepared to handle an Ebola outbreak, if there should ever be one.


The FAA set a target to return normal air traffic to Chicago by Oct. 13.

According to a news release, air traffic controllers who normally work at the Chicago En Route Center in Aurora are working at other surrounding FAA air traffic facilities to help traffic flow in and out of the Chicago-area airports. The FAA is working with its telecommunications contractor, Harris Corporation, to repair damaged communications equipment at the Chicago Center.