The Latest on plane fire: Flight to head to Venezuela

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Posted: Oct 30, 2015 2:12 PM
The Latest on plane fire: Flight to head to Venezuela

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

2:05 p.m.

Passengers who were on board a Dynamic International Airways plane that caught fire just before departing for Venezuela will be offered a flight to Caracas.

Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport spokesman Greg Meyer says the flight should take off Friday afternoon. An engine on the Boeing 767/269 caught fire Thursday while taxiing for takeoff on a flight to Caracas. More than 100 passengers and crew members had to evacuate by gliding down slides from emergency exits. One person was seriously injured.

Some family members of passengers say they've been getting mixed messages from officials regarding the next step.

Jose Rangel's mother-in-law, Meagedla Perez, was a passenger on the flight. He says they want to know when they'll be getting her baggage, which is still on the plane.

Passenger Daniela Magro says she plans to board the Friday afternoon flight, with or without her luggage. She says she doesn't need her bags because she'll be back in South Florida on Monday.

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1:15 p.m.

The National Transportation Safety Board has scheduled a 3 p.m. Friday briefing at Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport, a day after a plane caught fire on a taxiway there.

The agency is conducting an investigation into the engine fire on a Dynamic aircraft that was preparing to depart for Venezuela on Thursday.

More than 100 passengers were forced to evacuate the plane by gliding down emergency slides. One person was seriously injured and 20 others suffered various minor injuries.

The Federal Aviation Administration said Friday that the aircraft had not had any prior incidents or issues.

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10:30 a.m.

The Federal Aviation Administration says the Dynamic aircraft that caught fire on a Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport taxiway had no previous incidents or issues.

FAA spokeswoman Kathleen Bergan said Friday that the plane is a Boeing 767/269 manufactured in 1986 and owned by Utah-based airplane leasing company KMW Leasing in Salt Lake City.

Meanwhile, during a Friday morning news conference, Fort Lauderdale airport director Kent George said the fire never entered the cabin after the plane caught fire while taxiing for takeoff to Venezuela with 110 passengers on board. Passengers exited the plane on inflatable slides and ran onto the tarmac.

George says 45 to 60 gallons of fuel leaked onto the taxi way, damaging asphalt. Repairs are ongoing and should be completed by Friday evening or Saturday.

The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating.