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United Airlines Flight Evacuated

August 17, 2004

CHICAGO (AP) _ A United Airlines flight en route to Vancouver, Canada, was evacuated Monday night after experiencing engine trouble at O’Hare International Airport.

Flight 1035 was taxiing to a runway when a pilot in a plane behind it reported seeing sparks from the engine, according to the Chicago Department of Aviation.

The Airbus 319′s 69 passengers and five crew members evacuated using slides, United spokeswoman Jenna Obluk said.

A flight attendant and a passenger were taken to a hospital for minor injuries, she said. Another passenger with minor scrapes and bruises was treated at the scene.

Passengers were staying overnight in an area hotel. The flight was rescheduled to depart Tuesday morning.

The incident was under investigation, Obluk said.

Elsewhere Monday, hundreds of passengers were evacuated and 48 flights were disrupted at Los Angeles International Airport after a man slipped through a security station without being properly screened.

Federal aviation security officials said X-rays detected what appeared to be a flat, T-shaped knife in the carry-on bag of a male passenger. But before they were able to search the bag manually the man picked it up and disappeared into the terminal with it, said Nico Melendez, a security administration spokesman.

Officers obtained a photograph of the man from the airport’s surveillance system but were unable to locate him, airport spokeswoman Nancy Castles said. The search began shortly after 4 p.m. and was called off at 7:20 p.m.

``All we know is that this person was not properly screened, but we also know that he did not run away from the screening station,″ said Castles.

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