Southwest pilot aborts flight following engine fire at takeoff

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A Southwest Airlines pilot had to abort a flight after engine issues during takeoff Wednesday evening at Midway Airport.

Flight 3229, which was set to depart from Midway to Boston, aborted takeoff after indications of a performance issue with one of the engines, according to a statement from the airline.

No one was injured. The 143 passengers were taken off the plane and boarded a different plane to Boston, which arrived at 2:45 a.m.

Video posted to social media shows flames coming out of the engine as the jet taxis down the runway.

A Southwest spokesperson says the company is awaiting reports on the incident and that she didn’t immediately have further details about what happened. She says the plane will be inspected.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Flight 3229 at Midway | NVP

Flight 3229 at Midway | NVP

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