Plane carrying military members and headed to Poland makes emergency landing at Chicago's O'Hare Airport

A Boeing 747 aircraft carrying military personnel was forced to make an emergency landing at O'Hare Airport Monday afternoon.

In the air for 58 minutes after departing from Topeka, Kansas, the plane touched down in Chicago at 3:49 p.m. after crew members were alerted to a scare in the cargo compartment.

Originally heading for Poznan, Poland, officials with the Chicago Fire Department said the plane's sensor notified its crew of a possible fire.

Emergency responders were waiting for the plane’s arrival at O’Hare and inspected it as soon as it landed safely.

SkyFOX was over the scene and captured a huge emergency response on the tarmac.

The military members on-board were evacuated and officials say no fire was found.

No injuries were reported.


Atlas Air released the following statement in response to the incident:

"We can confirm [the flight] landed safely after receiving an indication of a potential abnormality in the cargo compartment soon after departure from Topeka, Kansas (FOE). The crew followed all standard procedures and safely diverted to Chicago, Illinois (ORD). As a precautionary measure, Chicago authorities inspected the aircraft upon arrival and determined the aircraft was safe for all passengers to de-plane. Our team is investigating the cause of this incident and will work to safely return the aircraft to service."

This is the second emergency landing of a military plane in Chicago in one week. Last Monday, a government plane was forced to land at Midway Airport after reportedly striking a bird.