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Aviation may have come close to having a disaster on October 26, 2016, when an American Airlines Boeing 767-323 experienced an uncontained engine failure and fire during its takeoff roll at Chicago O’Hare International Airport. There were 170 souls on board: 161 passengers, seven flight attendants and two flight crewmembers. A flight attendant and 19 passengers received minor injuries. While some will say there’s really nothing to see here because the system worked the way it was supposed to and no lives were lost, I’d suggest that were it not for some judicious human improvisation and a generous supply of luck, the outcome would have been very different.