American Airlines Flight 383 was rolling down the runway at O'Hare International Airport Friday afternoon, bound for Miami, when the plane skidded to a halt just as it was lifting off.
The pilot got on the radio. "American 383 heavy," he said, referring to the Boeing 767's weight class. "Stopping on the runway."
"Roger, roger. Fire," a traffic controller calmly replied, according to a recording of tower radio traffic.
The pilot asked if the tower controller saw fire.
"Yeah, fire off the right wing."
Then seconds later, the pilot said, "American 383, we're evacuating."
The plane's 161 passengers and...