Fort Lauderdale Plane Fire Caused By Disconnected Fuel Line
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Federal investigators announced Tuesday that the cause of the massive fire on a Dynamic Airways airplane at a Florida airport last week was a main fuel-supply line that had come loose.
According to Bart Jansen of USA Today, the National Transportation Safety Board reported “the fuel-line coupling assembly was disconnected in the strut between the wing and engine of the Boeing 767-200.”
While it was unclear how the piece came loose, as maintenance records show no indication of recent work to the coupling assembly, investigators are still examining the fuel-supply line and the plane's flight-data and voice recorders.
The initial investigation revealed the engine showed no evidence of failure, but a witness claimed to see fuel leaking from the plane as it prepared for takeoff.
The incident took place on Oct. 29 at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport in Florida when a Dynamic Airways plane caught fire on the tarmac. While none of the injuries were life threatening, 14 people were hurt and transported to local hospitals.
The Boeing 767 was getting ready to depart for Caracas, Venezuela, with 101 passengers and crew aboard when the incident took place. Attendants organized passengers and helped them disembark the aircraft via emergency slides.
Emergency personnel were on the scene quickly to bring the fire under control, but the incident resulted in delays throughout the day at Fort Lauderdale Airport. The damaged aircraft was eventually removed and the facility reopened Thursday evening.
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