MIAMI —The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) issued an statement updating the investigations on the Dynamic Airways Flight 605 accident, occurred last October 29 in Fort Lauderdale / Hollywood International Airport.
The update said that the Boeing 767-200 (Registration N251MY / MSN 23280 / LN 131) has its main fuel supply line disconnected “in the wing-to-engine strut above and behind the left engine.” While initial reports based on eyewitness accounts attributed the source of the fire to be the aircraft’s left Pratt & Whitney JT9D engine, investigators have not found ant evidence “of an engine uncontainment or other failure.”
The NTSB informed that “an initial review of the airplane logbook onboard revealed there was no entry of maintenance action having been performed in the area of the fuel coupling prior to the accident.” The report stated that the aircraft suffered thermal damage in “the lower inboard portion of the left wing, left engine cowling, and left fuselage center section.” However, the fire did not penetrate the fuselage.
According to information available in planespotters.net the aircraft was originally delivered to Kuwait Airways in March 1986, and was operated by over a dozen operators. The current owner, Nevada-based firm KMW Leasing (Aero Capital Dyn LLC) acquired the aircraft in 2006. The NTSB report indicates that the aircraft “was in dry storage for approximately 29 months until September 2015 when Dynamic International Airways leased the airplane.” Despite its age nearing 30 years, the aircraft had only 29,970 hours over 9,937 flight cycles. Dynamic had only logged 240 hours during the six-week period prior to the fire at Fort Lauderdale.
The board informed that 90 passengers and 11 crew members were on board the plane at the moment of the fire. Of these, one was seriously injured and 21 sustained minor injuries as a result of the emergency evacuation. The NTSB also reported that the airline issued a Fleet Campaign Directive to inspect its fleet, comprised by five 767-200 and one 767-300 aircraft in order to verify the “proper installation of the fuel line coupling assemblies.”
Last Monday, Fort Lauderdale Airport authorities informed that repair works in the areas damaged by the fire were underway. A total of 11,700 square feet (1,086 sq m) equivalent to four tennis courts required the removal of approximately 230 tons of Asphalt. Authorities also reported to have these works completed on Tuesday and reopened a day late, with an estimated cost of $86,000.