The Latest: NTSB sending investigators to Florida jet fire

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Posted: Oct 29, 2015 2:57 PM

DANIA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — The latest on a jet plane that caught fire at a Fort Lauderdale airport (all times local):

2:55 p.m.

The National Transportation Safety Board is sending a four-person team to Fort Lauderdale to investigate a fire involving a Dynamic Airways jet. 

NTSB spokesman Eric Weis said Thursday that representatives from the Federal Aviation Administration, engine manufacturer Pratt & Whitney, Boeing and Dynamic will also take part.

The Dynamic Boeing 767 was taxiing for takeoff Thursday at Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport when a fire broke out in the left engine.

Some injuries were reported, but the extent and how many was not immediately clear.

The airport is closed.

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2 p.m.

The Fort Lauderdale airport is closed after a jet fire sent passengers scrambling down evacuation slides.

An airport spokeswoman said Thursday 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. Some injuries were reported, but the extent and how many was not immediately clear.

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 on Thursday when the fire began.

Dynamic is a small airline that connects Fort Lauderdale, New York, Venezuela and Guyana.

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1:30 p.m.

The National Transportation Safety Board says it hasn't yet made a decision on whether to launch an investigation into a commercial airplane fire at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport in Florida.

The NTSB says it is monitoring Thursday's fire, which engulfed one engine on a Dynamic Airways Boeing 767. Airport spokesman Greg Myer told WSVN-TV that the fire was quickly put out. The plane was taxiing for takeoff to Venezuela when the left engine caught fire. The pilot on a trailing airplane said the engine had been leaking fuel.

Dynamic is a small airline that connects Fort Lauderdale, New York, Venezuela and Guyana.

A phone number listed on the airline's website was answered by a contracted reservation company, which said it had no available numbers for the airline.

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12:45 p.m.

A plane engine caught fire on the runway Thursday at Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport.

Flames engulfed one engine on the Dynamic Airways Boeing 767. Airport spokesman Greg Myer told WSVN-TV that the fire was quickly put out.

There was no word on any injuries but passengers could be seen walking toward the terminal. No further information was immediately available.

Dynamic is a small airline that connects Fort Lauderdale, New York, Venezuela and Guyana. No one answered at the airlines' listed headquarters in North Carolina.