As many as fourteen have been injured on Thursday at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International airport due to Dynamic Airways plane bursting into flames on the runway. The incident happened around 12:30 p.m, it was reported that fuel was leaking from the plane before it was engulfed in flames. Greg Meyer airport spokesman told WSVN, A pilot taxiing behind the plane alerted air traffic control… ‘’’There’s fuel leaking out of the left engine,’ an air traffic controller says. ‘’’Engine’s on fire! ‘” he says moments later.
The plane was headed for Caracas, Venezuela and was believed to be carrying 101 passengers who had to use the emergency slides to escape the fire on the 30-year-old plane. The runways are closed until later this evening and all other flights are being rerouted out of other airports close by.
At least 10 crewmembers and passengers were taken to hospital for treatment but there are no casualties. It has been reported all the injuries are minor except for one person who was suffering from burns.
The FAA released a statement saying, ‘’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.”
The passengers who where not hurt were placed on a bus on the tarmac and taken to another terminal to continue their trip, WSVN reports.
Based in North Carolina, Dynamic Airways is a fairly young company, making routine flights between New York, Fort Lauderdale, Venezuela and Guyana.