The Federal Aviation Administration identified the plane as a Boeing 767 operated by Dynamic Airways en route to Caracas, Venezuela. It was taxiing for departure around 12:45pm when the aircraft behind it on the runway reported that fuel was leaking, the FAA said.
“The left engine caught fire on departure,” said Alan Siegel in an interview on CBS news. The fire was quickly extinguished.
Mike Jachles, a spokesman for the Broward Sheriff’s Office, said “at least three” passengers were taken to hospital with apparently minor injuries sustained while evacuating the aircraft.
“We have several people complaining of injuries. They’re being evaluated right now,” he said. “There will be at least three people transported to area hospitals, I don’t have the degree of the severity of their injuries but we have adequate resources here. We have additional rescue units coming and those people are being treated and transported by our units.
Jachles added that the airport had a “full complement” of rescue equipment and fire-fighting personnel. “They train for incidents just like this,” he said.
“The goal is to minimise the risk, mitigate the hazard and take care of anybody that’s injured.”
Airport authorities announced that the entire airport would be closed until further notice. It was unclear how many passengers were aboard the plane; depending on its configuration, the 767 can hold between 181 and 375 people, according to the company.