A passenger plane that caught fire at a Fort Lauderdale, Florida, airport on Thursday had no prior incidents or issues, the Federal Aviation Administration said Friday.
The engine on the Dynamic Airways jet caught fire before takeoff, injuring 21 people and forcing the 101 passengers and crew on board to evacuate via the emergency slides.
The FAA reported that the passengers in another plane saw fuel leaking from the Venezuela-bound jet’s left engine. A National Transportation Safety Board investigator said Friday cautioned that details are still unclear.
"I know there's been a lot of people saying that fuel was coming from the airplane. They saw a fluid coming from the airplane. We don't know if it was fuel or not," NTSB investigator in charge Tim LeBaron said.
The plane, a Boeing 767/269, was manufactured in 1986 and is owned by a Salt Lake City, Utah, based airplane leasing company, KMW Leasing, FAA spokeswoman Kathleen Bergan said Friday.
The NTSB will interview the flight crew Friday, LeBaron said. The flight data recorder is being shipped to Washington, D.C., for analysis, he said.
"We want to figure out what caused the fire. Through things like this, we learn to make flying safer for all of us," he said at a press conference.
The left engine and left wing have visible fire damage on them, LeBaron said, but "one interesting thing is going inside the cabin, you can't tell there was a fire inside."
Earlier Friday, Fort Lauderdale airport director Kent George said flames never entered the cabin, NBC Miami reported.
Dynamic Airways, a 5-year-old airline, flies between Fort Lauderdale, New York, Venezuela and Guyana, according to The Associated Press. There has only ever been one previous accident involving Dynamic, the AP said: In 2011, a flight attendant was seriously injured during turbulence.