FORT LAUDERDALE (CBSMiami) — Imagine landing at the airport and seeing a plane on fire, black smoke filling the sky and then an explosion rocking the runway.READ MORE: Proposal Would Make Juneteenth Paid State Holiday
That’s exactly what happened at the Ft. Lauderdale-Hollywood Airport Friday.
“There was a trail of fire it was like a fireball running fuel fire down the runway leading to the jet,” said Broward Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Mike Jachles.
The FAA said it started shortly before 6 p.m. when FedEx cargo plane, a DC-10 coming into FLL from Memphis, had its main landing gear collapse and catch fire.
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According to CBS News Correspondent Kris Van Cleave, both pilots escaped from aircraft.
“They evacuated the aircraft using a rope ladder on the right side of the jet they were not injured fortunately,” Jachles said.READ MORE: Cardiac Electrophysiology: Talking About The Heart’s Electric System
A member of the airports fire rescue team just so happened to see this fire start and immediately radioed the call-in.
“Just over two minutes we had units out on the scene. It was a FedEx DC-10 with heavy fire and involvement of the left-wing and left engine,” Jachles explained.
In situations like this fire fighters have to work quick and smart. A plane this size has enough jet fuel that could cause catastrophic damage injury and death
“The DC-10 have 40,000 pounds of fuel on board when it was coming in on landing. That’s a lot of fuel,” Jachles said.
The airport had to stop all flights coming into the airport and going out. Flights finally resumed at 7 p.m.
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“The airport is secure flights are continuing to operate so everything that should’ve happened is happening and is going forward,” Broward County Aviation Department spokesperson Greg Myer said.