Plane Catches Fire at Fort Lauderdale Airport – ABC News
A Dynamic Airways jet caught fire at Fort Lauderdale International Airport in Florida today, the Federal Aviation Administration said.
The plane, a Boeing 767 bound for Caracas, Venezuela, caught fire on Taxiway B while taxiing for departure from Runway 28, according to the FAA. The plane just behind it reported that fuel was leaking from the aircraft before the fire started.
“Hey, uh, Dynamic is, out of the left engine, it looks like it’s leaking a lot of — I don’t know if it’s fuel, it’s fluid leaking out of the live engine,” the second plane’s pilot told Air Traffic Control, according to audio provided by LiveATC.net.
“We copy. We’ll probably need to go back to the ramp,” the Dynamic pilot replies.
Then, just a few moments later, “Engine’s on fire! Engine’s on fire!” the pilot yells.
Passengers were evacuated via slides onto the taxiway, according to the FAA.
The plane is a new charter to the airport with flights to Caracas, the airport’s public information officer, Greg Meyer, told WSVN.
The Broward County Fire Department responded immediately to extinguish the fire.
The fire has caused minimal disruption to the airport at this time and the airport is deciding whether or not it has to route planes to one of its two runways, Meyer said.