Passengers flee as jet bursts into flames while preparing to take off in Florida - at least seven hurt as 'engine leaks fuel and then catches fire'

Passengers flee as jet bursts into flames while preparing to take off in Florida - at least seven hurt as 'engine leaks fuel and then catches fire' 

Passengers evacuate from a plane on fire at Fort Lauderdale airport, Florida on October 29, 2015
A plane caught fire at the Fort Lauderdale, Florida airport on Thursday, sending passengers fleeing for their lives out of the aircraft's emergency slides. 
Photos and video from the scene show the Dynamic Airways plane engulfed in thick black flames around 12:30pm before airport firefighters came and extinguished the fire with a white foam. The fire has since been completely extinguished and everyone
safely taken off the plane. 
Broward County fire officials say seven people were injured, including three who were sent to the hospital, WSVN reports. However, the severity of the injuries is not known.  
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Passengers evacuate from a plane on fire at Fort Lauderdale airport, Florida on October 29, 2015
Passengers evacuate from a plane on fire at Fort Lauderdale airport, Florida on October 29, 2015
An airliner caught fire on a runway at Fort Lauderdale in Florida Thursday and several people were injured, authorities said. 
An airliner caught fire on a runway at Fort Lauderdale in Florida Thursday and several people were injured, authorities said. 
A plane caught fire at the Fort Lauderdale, Florida airport on Thursday. As of 1pm ET the fire had been completely put out 
A plane caught fire at the Fort Lauderdale, Florida airport on Thursday. As of 1pm ET the fire had been completely put out 
Broward County fire officials say seven people were injured, including three who were sent to the hospital, WSVN reports. However, the severity of the injuries is not known.
Broward County fire officials say seven people were injured, including three who were sent to the hospital, WSVN reports. However, the severity of the injuries is not known.
Charring on the Boeing 767 suggests that the fire started in the left side engine. The plane was on its way from Fort Lauderdale to Venezuela 
Charring on the Boeing 767 suggests that the fire started in the left side engine. The plane was on its way from Fort Lauderdale to Venezuela 
Firefighters walk past a burned out engine of a Dynamic Airways Boeing 767, Thursday, October 29, 2015, at Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport in Dania Beach, Florida
Firefighters walk past a burned out engine of a Dynamic Airways Boeing 767, Thursday, October 29, 2015, at Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport in Dania Beach, Florida
'I'm told one of the engines caught fire as the plane was taxiing, getting ready for departure,' airport spokesperson Greg Meyer told WSVN. 
A pilot taxiing behind the plane alerted air traffic control that the plane was leaking fuel right before it caught fire. 
'There's fuel leaking out of the left engine,' an air traffic controller says.
'Engine's on fire! Engine's on fire!' he says moments later. 
The plane was on its way to Caracas, Venezuela, and charring on the aircraft suggests the fire started in the left engine. 
The Boeing 767 carries between 180 to 290 passengers, but its unclear how many were actually on the plane at the time. 
Following the fire, the airport was closed and flights were being diverted to other airports nearby.  
Before firefighters arrived on the scene, the  plane was engulfed in a thick black smoke 
Before firefighters arrived on the scene, the  plane was engulfed in a thick black smoke 
Firefighters put out the flames using a white foam. Passengers escaped from the plane via emergency slides
Firefighters put out the flames using a white foam. Passengers escaped from the plane via emergency slides
Airport firefighters put out the flames with a white foam 
Airport firefighters put out the flames with a white foam 

Dynamic Airways is a charter air service founded in 2010. The company is based in Greensboro, North Carolina and connects New York, Fort Lauderdale, Venezuela and Guyana. Thursday's incident appears to be their first accident. 
The plane that caught fire on Thursday was built in 1986 and is one of the oldest versions of the 767 model.
Florida is the state with the largest population of Venezuelan ex-patriots. 
A similar fire broke out last month at the Las Vegas airport, when a British Airways Boeing 777 plane's left engine became engulfed in flames. 
In that case, everyone on board escaped with just a few succumbing minor injuries - mostly for injuries sustained escaping on the plane's slides.  
Above, a view of the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood Airport. Florida is the state with the largest population of Venezuelan ex-patriots. 
Above, a view of the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood Airport. Florida is the state with the largest population of Venezuelan ex-patriots. 


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