Fort Lauderdale airport closed, plane engine catches fire
The Fort Lauderdale airport is closed after a jet fire sent passengers scrambling down evacuation slides.
An airport spokeswoman said today that Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport would be closed for an indefinite amount of time because of the engine fire on the Dynamic Airways Boeing 767.
Officials say 14 people suffered injuries.
Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue spokesman Mike Jachles says one person endured burns that were not life-threatening, while the rest had bumps, bruises, sprains or were complaining of stress.
All were taken to hospitals.
Jachles says 101 passengers and crew were onboard today's Dynamic Airways flight departing Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport.
The Boeing 767's left engine caught fire as it taxied for takeoff for a flight to Venezuela.
Firefighters walk past a Dynamic Airways Boeing 767. – AP Photo
Meanwhile, a recording showed how an air traffic controller warned the pilot that the engine was leaking fuel before it suddenly caught fire.
WSVN-TV played a recording of the controller calmly telling the pilot that "a lot of fluid" was leaking out of the left engine.
The controller then urgently tells the pilot that the engine has caught fire and that firefighters are being dispatched.
The plane was taxiing for departure for Venezuela today when the fire began.
Dynamic is a small airline that connects Fort Lauderdale, New York, Venezuela and Guyana.