Plane catches fire on runway at Fort Lauderdale airport

29 Oct 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Dynamic Airways plane caught fire on runway: FAA.

A plane caught fire on the tarmac of an airport in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., on Thursday, causing several injuries and prompting passengers to evacuate the plane, officials said. — A passenger plane’s engine caught fire Thursday as it prepared for takeoff, and passengers had to quickly evacuate using emergency slides, officials said.

The Dynamic International Airways flight apparently caught fire while taxiing for departure from Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport at around 12:45 p.m., the Federal Aviation Administration said in a statement, which noted that the plane was bound for Venezuela. “An aircraft taxiing behind the Boeing 767 reported that fuel was leaking from the aircraft before the fire started,” the FAA said in a statement. “Passengers evacuated via slides onto the taxiway.” A Broward County Sheriff’s Office spokesman tweeted that there were “several injuries” in the blaze. Mike Jachles, a spokesman for the Broward sheriff’s pffice, told local TV “at least three” passengers were taken to hospital with apparently minor injuries sustained while evacuating the aircraft. “We have several people complaining of injuries.

It’s not clear how many people were on board the Dynamic Airways flight that was headed to Caracas, Venezuela, from the Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport. They’re being evaluated right now,” he said. “There will be at least three people transported to area hospitals, I don’t have the degree of the severity of their injuries but we have adequate resources here. Les Abend, a veteran commercial pilot, told CNN that it appeared the fire began in an engine area, but any possible fuel leak — a potential source of a fire — would have likely occurred after the pre-flight inspection because such a malfunction would have been “obvious” to the crew.

Jachles added that the airport had a “full complement” of rescue equipment and fire-fighting personnel. “They train for incidents just like this,” he said. “The goal is to minimise the risk, mitigate the hazard and take care of anybody that’s injured.” “Our biggest concern is the safety of the passengers. We want to make sure the people get off the aircraft safely and get away from the incident,” he said. “We train for this several times a year, we go through table-top exercises, we have real exercises, today happens to be the real thing.” Meyer added that Dynamic had operated at the airport for about six months. “This is their first incident. The National Transportation Safety Board told the Associated Press it hasn’t yet made a decision on whether to launch an investigation into the fire. 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.

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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