Florida plane fire: Fifteen injured after flames engulf Dynamic Boeing 767 at Fort Lauderdale airport
A passenger plane has burst into flames at Florida's Fort Lauderdale International Airport. Emergency teams rushed to combat the blaze as thick plumes of black smoke poured from the aircraft on the runway.
Airport spokesman Greg Myer told WSVN-TV that the flames engulfed one engine and was immediately put out by emergency responders. Passengers were evacuated by way of slides along the taxiway.
Fifteen people were reportedly rushed to the hospital with minor injuries with the exception of one person who was severely burned.
Transportation officials are still investigating a similar incident involving a British Airways Boeing 777 jet at McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas last month. The British jet, packed with passengers bound for London Gatwick Airport, had just started its take-off run when the port engine burst into flames, prompting an evacuation as black smoke billowed into the sky.
The engine in the Las Vegas incident was a General Electric GE90 engine and it was the first time since its introduction in 1995 that a model has suffered a fire that had gone beyond its core sending flames directly onto the wing and fuselage.
An aircraft taxiing behind the Dynamic 767 had seen fuel leaking from it before the fire started. The plane was bound for Caracas, Venezuela, and was therefore probably carrying a passengers manifest of mainly Venezuelan nationals.
An aircraft taxiing behind the aircraft reported that fuel was leaking from the Boeing 777 prior to the fire, according to the Federal Aviation Administration.
Dynamic is a small airline that connects Fort Lauderdale, New York, Venezuela and Guyana.
Independent News Service