Plane catches on fire before takeoff at Florida airport

Jet plane’s engine bursts into flames while preparing to take off from Florida runway, injuries reported

Photo by: AP
Photo by: AP

Firefighters seen standing next to Dynamic Airways Boeing 767 on October 29 2015

Dynamic Airways plane caught on fire during take off on Thursday at  Florida International Airport in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., passengers evacuated the plane using emergency slides, several people are reported to have been injured. 

According to Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue spokesman Mike Jachles, 15 people were injured and taken to the hospital after the fire. One of the passengers was seriously injured by burns and the rest had minor injuries such as bumps and bruise.

Flames caused the airport to halt operations for more than 2 hours, till one platform reopened.

The plane was heading to Simon Bolivar International Airport in Caracas, Venezuela. Carrying 101 passengers and crew.

Since June, the airline has been providing flights to Caracas four times per week.

A first responder vehicle foamed the engine to put out the blaze.

The National Transportation Safety Board said that they would send four people to examine why the engine caught on fire.

According to The Federal Aviation Administration, the aircraft was spotted leaking fule prior to departure.

Greensboro, North Carolina-based Dynamic said that the crew was aware of the engine problem while preparing for take off.

"The crew followed the emergency procedures, shut down the engine and evacuated the aircraft in order to assure safety to all on board," it said. "The company is conducting initial investigation and will issue further information once available."

According to an aircraft appraisal firm, Collateral Verifications, five-year-old Dynamic’s 767-200ER was built in 1986 and just seven such planes of that age or older remain in service out of 65 built.

TRTWorld and agencies