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July 10, 2015

Philly-bound Southwest plane aborts takeoff at Chicago's Midway

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A Southwest Airlines plane taxies near two grounded ATA planes at Chicago's Midway International Airport Thursday, April 3, 2008.

A Philadelphia-bound Southwest Airlines plane aborted its takeoff at Chicago's Midway International Airport Friday morning, according to an Associated Press report on 6ABC.

Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman Elizabeth Isham Cory told the Associated Press that the crew reported an engine problem. The FAA will investigate.

Southwest said the Philadelphia-bound plane with 136 passengers returned to the gate after the pilot of another Southwest aircraft saw "potential signs of a mechanical issue."

It was the second time this week that a plane needed to abort a takeoff at the Chicago airport.

A Boston-bound Southwest plane cut short its takeoff from Midway because of a mechanical issue on Wednesday night. According to the fire department, one of the plane's engines caught fire.

In addition, ground equipment struck a Southwest plane and a jet bridge at Midway on Thursday.