Dynamic Airways jet engine fire leaves several injured, closes Fla. airport

29 Oct 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Dynamic Airways plane catches fire on Florida runway.

Air traffic ground to a halt at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport on Thursday after a Boeing 767 passenger plane caught fire on the tarmac. — A jet plane’s engine caught fire Thursday as it prepared for takeoff, and passengers had to quickly evacuate using emergency slides, officials said. Broward County fire officials said that seven people were injured and three were taken to area hospitals, but there is no word on whether those injuries occurred from the fire or during the evacuation.

Dozens of passengers could be seen in video footage gliding down the slides and running away from the plane to the terminal as fire crews rushed to put the blaze out. It’s not clear how many people were on board the Dynamic Airways flight headed to Caracas, Venezuela, from the Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport.

Although vehicle traffic is continuing to enter and exit the airport, flights have been cancelled until the airport and fire crews are able to clean up and remove the plane. Dynamic Airways, which is based in Greensboro, North Carolina, is a recently launched discount airline that started daily service over the summer between Fort Lauderdale and Caracas. Dynamic began servicing Caracas in July, after several other major airlines ended or slashed service to Venezuela over the government’s refusal to pay an estimated $4 billion the carriers say they have trapped in the country. A spokesperson for Pratt & Whitney, which made the plane’s engines, said the company “is working with authorities and the operator to assess the situation.” According to a report by NBC News, the plane is almost 30 years old and was first used in by Kuwait Airways in 1986.

For Venezuelans hoping to travel abroad, the options have been severely reduced to little-known carries such as Dynamic or domestic carriers, which due to the country’s economic crisis, have struggled to import replacement parts.

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