NTSB Issues Update on Dynamic Airways Investigation
November 3, 2015
Officials from the National Transportation Safety Board discovered a disconnected fuel line mechanism on the Dynamic International Airways flight that caught fire at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport last Thursday. NTSB spokesman Eric Weiss said the agency is reviewing the plane's maintenance records at Dynamic Airways' headquarters in North Carolina.
Also revealed in the NTSB investigation update: Prior to last Thursday's fire, the Boeing 767 plane was in storage for more than two years before Dynamic leased the plane in September. Since Dynamic leased the plane, it has seen roughly 240 flight hours, according to the Ft. Lauderdale Sun Sentinel.
Other revelations in the NTSB update:
- Officials have found no evidence that the engine exploded, as many thought it had.
- Fire did not penetrate the body of the Boeing 767.
- As of now, the NTSB has not found any evidence that maintenance had been performed on the plane's fuel coupling device.
- The flight's black boxes are being reviewed in Washington D.C.
- Dynamic International Airlines will inspect the other planes in its fleet to make sure that the fuel coupling assemblies are installed correctly.
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At this time, the NTSB isn't saying much about the cause of the fire, though a fuel leak is appears to be the reason for Thursday's fire, which caused Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport to shut down for three hours. According to the Seattle Times, the Boeing 767-269 leaked between 45 and 50 gallons of fuel onto the taxiway.
Passenger Andres Gallegos told the media that he was one of the first passengers to evacuate Dynamic Airways Flight 405. He said he heard a loud bang, then turned around and saw lights and flames. That's when he ran to the front of the plane. According to Gallegos, it took about 30 seconds for the doors of the plane to open. "It was pretty nerve-wracking, knowing that the door wasn't opening and that something was on fire," he said.
NTSB records show that the Boeing 767-269 operating as Dynamic Airways Flight 405 had no previous incidents prior to Thursday's fire in Fort Lauderdale. The airline has been involved in one minor incident. In 2011, a Dynamic flight attendant sustained serious injuries when a flight encountered moderate turbulence. The incident did not cause any damage to the plane, which was able to land safely.