FORT LAUDERDALE-HOLLYWOOD INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, Fla. (WSVN) — Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport is on a ground stop after a Dynamic Airways plane caught fire on the tarmac, Thursday.
The Boeing 767 passenger jet appears to have been taxiing when the left engine caught fire. The aircraft carries between 180 and 290 passengers. “I’m told one of the engines caught fire as the plane was taxiing, getting ready for departure. I don’t know the number of people on board, and I don’t know the condition of the people, but I was told the fire was put out by a fire rescue team on sight,” said FLL spokesperson Greg Meyer.
The FAA released a statement that read, “Dynamic International Airways 405 apparently caught fire on Taxiway B while taxiing for departure from Runway 28 Right at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, at about 12:45 p.m. An aircraft taxiing behind the Boeing 767 reported that fuel was leaking from the aircraft before the fire started. Passengers evacuated via slides onto the taxiway.”
SkyforceHD hovered over the scene as several people could be seen walking away from the plane and fire crews hosed the plane down with foam.
Three of the four chutes deployed from the airplane, so those on board could escape the burning aircraft. It appears everyone who was on board made it off. One person was seen sitting on the tarmac and being attended to by good Samaritans and officials.
According to Broward Sheriff’s Fire Rescue, several people were injured, but it is unclear as to the severity of their injuries. BSO spokesperson Mike Jachles said, “At last word, we confirmed three people will be transported to area hospitals. There may be seven people in all with injuries. However, they may not all require transport to the hospital.”
The passengers who were not hurt were placed on bus on the tarmac and taken to another terminal to continue their trip.
Crews sprayed the left wing of the plane with foam retardant to ensure that the fire was snuffed out completely before they moved in to investigate. All fire rescue units at the airport responded to the scene.
Runway 28 was the first runway shut down as a result of the fire. Airport traffic had previously continued to operate on a second commercial runway. However, shortly after 1 p.m., airport officials placed the hold on all runway operations while all fire units at the airport focused on this one part of the airport.
According to Meyer, Dynamic is a fairly new airline that connects Fort Lauderdale, New York, Venezuela and Guyana.
Stay tuned to WSVN 7 News and wsvn.com for updates on this developing story.
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