Plane catches fire on runway at Fort Lauderdale airport
(CNN) — A Boeing 767 caught fire while taxiing for departure Thursday at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport in Florida, a Federal Aviation Administration official said.
The pilot of an aircraft traveling behind Dynamic International Airways Flight 405 reported fuel was leaking from the aircraft before it caught fire, the official said. Passengers evacuated via slides onto the taxiway.
Images and video from passengers who were at the airport or on other planes showed plumes of dark gray smoke billowing from the red-and-white jet.
An ambulance, fire truck and other emergency vehicles were on the scene in one of those photos, while another witness posted video of emergency responders dousing the plane with hoses.
A spokesman with the Broward Sheriff’s Office tweeted that there was an engine fire, the plane was evacuated and there were “several injuries.”
According to an FAA database, the plane was built in 1986.
CNN’s Greg Clary, Aaron Cooper and AnneClaire Stapleton contributed to this report.