Passenger plane catches fire at Fort Lauderdale airport

30 Oct 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Fire aboard plane at Fort Lauderdale airport injures more than 20, halts hundreds of flights.

Instead, one injured passenger after another was taken to Broward health Medical Center following a plane fire at Fort Lauderdale Hollywood International Airport on Thursday.

That set off a rush for the exits for the 101 passengers and crew members on board. “I was the second passenger leaving the aircraft,” said Gallegos, who works in Miami. “We spent probably 30 to 40 seconds before they opened the door. They had to evacuate the Dynamic Airways plane through a slide and onto the runway when the left engine burst into flames. “I saw seven of the patients today with minor injuries most of them were sustained by going down the ramp people piled up,” said Dr. Operations at the airport had to be halted Thursday afternoon because the fire-rescue vehicles used to fight the fire needed to be restocked, said Mike Jachles, a spokesman for Broward Sheriff Fire-Rescue.

Late in the afternoon, passengers said that Dynamic Airlines had not reached out to them and that many were being held in the room while their passports and bags were still on the plane. “The pilot was completely silent. We haven’t heard anything,” passenger Camilia Diaz-Petkoff said at the time. “We want to know what happened.” By Thursday evening, airline representatives had spoken to passengers, telling them the company would pay for an overnight hotel stay and have a new flight ready to leave by Friday morning. According to Federal Aviation Administration records, the plane, manufactured in 1986, was checked Sept. 5 for aircraft safety. “We would not like to speculate about the potential causes of the incident during the ongoing investigation, and all of us at Dynamic are committed to fully cooperating with the [National Transportation Safety Board] and other authorities,” Dodson said in a statement.

A pilot in an aircraft behind the Dynamic International Airways plane and an air-traffic controller reported fuel leaking from it before the fire, The Associated Press reported. The 6-year-old discount airline is based in Greensboro, North Carolina, and started daily service over the summer between Fort Lauderdale and Caracas.

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