Air traffic ground to a halt at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport on Thursday after a Boeing 767 passenger plane caught fire on the tarmac.
The Dynamic Airways plane was taxiing onto the runway when the aircraft’s left engine caught fire as it was preparing to take off to Caracas, Venezuela.
"I'm told one of the engines caught fire as the plane was taxiing, getting ready for departure,” said FLL spokesperson Greg Meyer, according WSVN. "I don't know the number of people on board, and I don't know the condition of the people, but I was told the fire was put out by a fire rescue team on sight.”
An aircraft taxiing behind the Dynamic Airways plane reported that fuel was leaking from the aircraft before the fire started and that passengers evacuated via slides onto the taxiway.
Photos and video taken from the airport and posted on Twitter show dark plumes of smoke rising from the rear of the red and white plane.
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Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue spokesman Mike Jachles says 15 people were taken to the hospital after the fire on the Dynamic Airways Boeing 767. One suffered burns that were not life-threatening while the rest suffered less serious injuries such as bumps, bruises and sprains.
Jachles now says there were 110 passengers onboard.
Although vehicle traffic is continuing to enter and exit the airport, flights have been cancelled until the airport and fire crews are able to clean up and remove the plane. Crews were continuing to spray foam and water on the rear of the Dynamic Airways plane after the fire relented.
Dynamic Airways, which is based in Greensboro, North Carolina, is a recently launched discount airline that started daily service over the summer between Fort Lauderdale and Caracas.