New Video: Dash Cam of ARFF Vehicle as it Responded to and Operated at the American Airlines Boeing 767-300 Fire at O’Hare International Airport in 2016

Video posted by What You Haven’t Seen shows the ARFF response by the Chicago Fire Department at O’Hare International Airport on October 28, 2016.  An American Airlines Boeing 767 caught fire on take off for Miami.  Description of the video is below.

“Note the tilt alarm shrieking on every gentle turn, and welcome to a reality of these real-life monster trucks: they roll. Physics is very unfriendly to high center-of-gravity vehicles full of sloshing water, particularly when combined with an adrenaline-fueled driver experiencing the tunnel vision that can set in when a call comes through. (A common theme in NTSB interviews: firefighters don’t remember hearing the tilt alarm.) Did I mention that crash trucks often have a curb weight in excess of 100,000 pounds? Something to consider on those occasions where it seems as though fire rescue crews are taking forever to respond. They are useless if they don’t arrive. Continuing…. On October 28, 2016, at 2:32 p.m. CDT, a Boeing 767-300 (registration N345AN), scheduled as American Airlines flight 383 bound for Miami, Florida experienced an uncontained right engine failure and subsequent fire during its takeoff ground roll on runway 28R at Chicago O’Hare International Airport. The flight crew aborted the takeoff and stopped the aircraft on the runway and an emergency evacuation was conducted. Of the 161 passengers and 9 crew members onboard, one passenger received serious injuries during the evacuation and another 19 experienced minor injuries. The airplane was substantially damaged by the fire. Here is some more information you likely have not heard elsewhere: -It took firefighters ten hours to completely stop the fuel leak. To capture leaking fuel, firefighters first used eight containment pools, and eventually placed a fuel bowser beneath the wing. -Airport firefighters saw this fire from the station and started responding immediately, prior to notification from the tower -One of the first units on scene included a firefighter who had been with Chicago Fire Department for 36 years. He had never before responded to an aircraft fire and was scheduled to retire the following day. At 11:00 in this video you can hear him saying “I finally got my fire! Luckily no one was hurt.” -Not all equipment was functional during the incident. Cameras which has recently been tested malfunctioned, and one of the high-reach extendible turrets on a crash truck was out of service. -One of the ejected turbine blade fragments traveled through the plane’s wing and continued thousands of feet through the air, eventually falling through the roof of a UPS shipping facility and landing on a conveyor belt… 3,000 feet away. -Firefighters used over 24,000 gallons of finished foam (720 gallons of 3% AFFF concentrate) on this fire. -The estimated cost to repair runway damage due to heat and gouges from flying turbine shrapnel was close to $1,000,000. It was necessary to cut a section of runway out of the ground. (Noise reduction was liberally applied to the audio track, including frequency-specific notch filters for the ear-piercing high-pitch tones. The way it sounded prior… could be used for riot control.)”


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