This week, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) released the final report of the investigation into the dramatic fire onboard Dynamic Airways Flight 405 at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.
The report indicated that the probable cause of the fire was a fuel leak after maintenance personnel failed to properly install a safety lock-wire.
On October 29, 2015, Dynamic Airways Flight 405 was scheduled to fly from Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport to Caracas, Venezuela. While taxiing for departure, the crew of a plane behind Flight 405 reported seeing a leak shortly before the flames ignited.
The Boeing 767-200ER, N251MY, had 90 passengers and 11 Crew on board. All escaped the fire although one passenger suffered serious injury and 21 passengers suffered minor injuries.
The passenger who suffered serious injury had evacuated through one of the right cabin doors. The NTSB stated: “The number 2 (right) engine was still running as the passengers evacuated out the 2R door. About 11 seconds after the airplane came to a stop, one of the passengers who evacuated through 2R passed behind the engine, where the exhaust caused him to fall to the pavement resulting in serious injuries. About 35 seconds later, the number 2 engine was shut down.”
According to the NTSB Final Accident Report DCA16FA013, June 8, 2020, the probable cause of the incident was determined to be:
“… the separation of the flexible fuel line coupling and subsequent fuel leak due to the failure of maintenance personnel to install the required safety lockwire.”
“Contributing to the severity of the accident was the initiation of the evacuation before the right engine was shut down which led to the passenger’s injury.”