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29 Oct 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Flights halted at Fort Lauderdale after plane catches fire on taxiway.

DANIA BEACH — A jet plane’s engine caught fire Thursday as it prepared for takeoff, and passengers had to quickly evacuate using emergency slides, officials said.A dramatic fire erupted in the left engine of a Dynamic Airways jetliner at the Fort Lauderdale, Fla., airport, forcing passengers to evacuate via emergency slides and causing 14 injuries. officials said Thursday.All flights have been halted at Florida’s Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport after a fire crippled a small airline’s Boeing 767 on a taxiway there. 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. 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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