Explosion rocks FedEx plane carrying 46K lbs of mail
FT. LAUDERDALE, FL (WMC) - Thankfully, no one is injured after a FedEx plane from Memphis, Tennessee, caught fire and crashed off a runway in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.
The landing gear on the FedEx 910 aircraft collapsed while the plane was landing with 46,000 pounds of mail on board. The plane then caught fire and rolled off runway 10, according to the Federal Aviation Administration.
Air traffic control transmissions reflect the moments after the plane experienced trouble.
"I've got a plane on fire. The left engine appears to be on fire," the pilot told air traffic controllers. "Clear runways. Keep runways closed at this time," the controller announces.
Videos online show fire and smoke billowing out of the back of the plane before an explosion sends particles into the air.
Rescue crews sprayed foam on the plane to put out the fire.
There have been no reports of injuries from the crash. Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport reopened one runway at 6 p.m. to allow other flights in and out of the airport.
FedEx issued a statement saying their pilots were not injured in the incident.
"Our pilots are safe following an aircraft issue at the Fort Lauderdale airport. We are cooperating with authorities on the scene."
A FedEx spokeswoman was unable to say if Friday's fire had any impact on any other flights scheduled either out of Memphis or Ft. Lauderdale.
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