Plane In Florida Catches Fire Minutes Before Takeoff

Wilfredo Lee/AP Photo

Just a few minutes before it was in the air, a passenger plane with more than 100 people on board caught fire on the runway at Florida's Fort Lauderdale Airport. The plane, a Boeing 767, was bound for Caracas, Venezuela.

Dynamic International Airways Flight 405 was scheduled to take off at 12:30 p.m. ET, but as it prepared to depart, the crew in another plane reported seeing "a lot of fuel" leaking from an engine. The plane was beginning to return to the gate when air-traffic control recorded someone yelling out, “Engine’s on fire! Engine’s on fire!” Photos and videos from passengers show enormous clouds of black smoke billowing from the plane.
Advertisement

Passengers and crew were evacuated from the plane by slide, and firefighters were able to extinguish the fire quickly. Reports on injuries range from seven to 20 people, though thankfully, there seem to be no deaths or life-threatening injuries. The National Transportation Safety Board has already said it is sending a team to investigate the fire. The airport was closed immediately after the fire to allow emergency officials to respond, but has since reopened.
Advertisement

More from US News

Update: Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Chief Kerr Putney announced in a press conference that dashcam and body cam video of the department's interaction with...
Election Day lasts just one day — a 24-hour culmination of the seemingly never-ending campaign season. But we’ll spend the next two, four, six years ...
What can you do to make the candidates first head-to-head battle as pleasant as possible? What is the secret to keep yourself smizing as you listen to the ...
If the chaotic party politics of the 2016 election have left you feeling completely birdbrained, this video is for you. The Founding Fathers (presented ...
The 2016 presidential election has been a captivating contest. If you feel like sometimes you can't look away, well, you're not alone. Even celebrities ...
In the social order of bonobos, females rule and develop cross-generational bonds to keep the males in check. A senior female takes charge, intervening ...
The first presidential debate is finally upon us. On Monday, our candidates for commander-in-chief will finally go head-to-head on issues that matter ...
Update: Officer Betty Shelby, the policewoman who fatally shot Terence Crutcher last Friday, has been charged with first-degree manslaughter, NBC News ...
Step aside, old-school political merch. We're way past bumper stickers and buttons. With the election just months away, people across the country are ...
Between Two Ferns With Zach Galifianakis: Hillary Clinton from Funny Or Die Will Tim Kaine be president for nine months if Hillary Clinton gets pregnant? ...
Goodbye, paperwork printouts and lines at the DMV. Hello, registering while in line for coffee. Starting today, you can register to vote over text ...
1. Here At Home: No charges will be filed against police in the shooting death of Korryn Gaines. Korryn Gaines, 23, was shot and killed on August 1 ...
It happened again. This week, two Black men went from living, breathing human beings to hashtags. And yet, despite all I hear about hashtag activism, I'm...
Many of the stations throughout the gun range are filled with men. But here, all the shooters — and instructors — are women