Plane Fire Forces Closure of Fort Lauderdale Airport
Photo via Twitter/WIS10
More than a dozen people were hospitalized Thursday after a commercial jetliner operated by Dynamic Airways caught fire on the tarmac at Florida's Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, federal officials confirmed to NBC News.
At least 14 people sustained injuries and were transported to the hospital. However, a Broward County fire official told MSNBC that none of the injuries were considered life-threatening.
The Boeing 767 was bound for Caracas, Venezuela, and carrying 101 passengers and crew when the incident occurred.
The flight was preparing for takeoff around 12:30 p.m. ET when the fire broke out. Emergency slides were deployed so passengers could quickly evacuate the aircraft, per the Federal Aviation Administration.
A statement from the FAA said that occupants aboard another plane reported seeing fuel leaking from the Dynamic Airways plane prior to one of the engines catching fire.
Instagram user Casey File posted a video of emergency crews dousing the flames.
WIS News 10 provided a closer aerial shot of the aftermath.
Officials told NBC that both of the airport's runways were closed as of Thursday afternoon. According to the FAA's Twitter, FLL, would reopen at 6:20 p.m. ET.
FAA Air Traffic Alert: The Broward County Aviation Department issued a Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) closing FLL until 6:20pm EST.— The FAA (@FAANews) October 29, 2015
UPDATE: 4:33 p.m. ET Oct. 29, 2015. TravelPulse Editor-in-Chief Tim Wood is traveling out of Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport and shared the following image of the departures board. Wood reports that flights are now leaving terminals 2 and 3 but flights from Southwest and United at terminal 1 were still facing delays.
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