Plane catches fire at Florida airport

  • 30/10/2015
Plane catches fire at Florida airport (@mrrazorx/Twitter)
Plane catches fire at Florida airport (@mrrazorx/Twitter)

Fifteen people have been injured when an airliner caught fire while taxiing to a runway in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

The Broward County Sheriff's Office said an engine caught fire on the Boeing 767, which was getting ready to depart for Venezuela.

One person sustained serious burn injuries, two were less seriously hurt and the remaining 12 had bumps and bruises, county officials told a press conference.

Officials said there were 101 people on board the plane when it caught fire.

Video images circulating on the internet showed a large cloud of black smoke pouring from the plane.

Other images showed a fire-damaged engine under one of its wings.

The National Transportation Safety Board said it was sending a team to investigate the fire.

The plane was operated by Dynamic International Airways, a US-certificated airline that only recently had begun flights between Fort Lauderdale and Caracas' Simon Bolivar International Airport.