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FIRST ON CBS7: Fire onboard American Airlines flight at MAF leads to evacuation

AA 5757 sits on the tarmac after a fire led to evacuation of its passengers early Sunday morning.
AA 5757 sits on the tarmac after a fire led to evacuation of its passengers early Sunday morning.
Published: May. 2, 2021 at 9:23 AM CDT
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MIDLAND, Texas (KOSA) - A fire onboard an American Airlines flight at Midland International Air & Space Port this morning resulted in the flight being evacuated before takeoff. All passengers and crew are safe, and no injuries have been reported.

A passenger tells CBS7 that AA 5757, departure time 6:20 a.m., had just started to pull away from Gate 5 at MAF for Dallas-Fort Worth when passengers began to smell smoke. A spokesperson for the City of Midland said the plane, a Bombardier CRJ900, experienced a right engine fire at the terminal and was immediately evacuated. The call was made at 6:20 a.m., and the fire was extinguished at 6:31 a.m.

The cause of the fire was not immediately known.

In a response to CBS7′s request for comment, American Airlines said:

American Eagle flight 5757, operated by Mesa Airlines from Midland-Odessa, Texas (MAF) to Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW), encountered an engine-related issue prior to departure. The 43 passengers and four crew members deplaned via the forward stairs, and no injuries were reported. We are taking care of our customers and crew members, and are re-accommodating our passengers on other flights to DFW.

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