Air Force One Lands About 60 Minutes After United Flight Lands with Wheel Fire

Three people were treated for minor injuries after passengers were evacuated from a United Airlines jet at O’Hare International Airport this afternoon about one hour before Air Force One landed at O’Hare with President Barack Obama aboard.

Chicago firefighters extinguished a small fire in the aircraft’s brake assembly soon after the jet landed. Emergency slides were deployed from United Flight 949 — a Boeing 767 flying from London’s Heathrow Airport. Evacuation down the shoots was stopped as soon as the fire was extinguished. Passengers were escorted to the terminal. There were 178 passengers and 12 crew members on the Boeing 767.

Obama landed at O’Hare International Airport at 4:58 p.m. local time and was greeted by Mayor Richard Daley, Gov. Pat Quinn, and other political dignitaries. Then Obama and Daley boarded Marine One to travel downtown, departing about 5:15 p.m.

After Marine One landednear Soldier Field, the president’s motorcade reached his house at 5:43 p.m.




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