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Why are burned planes still at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport?

Dynamic Airways, FedEx planes catch fire year apart

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Two planes that caught fire a year apart at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport remain stored at the airport.

Dynamic Airways Flight 405 caught fire on the tarmac Oct. 29, 2015, as it was about to take off for Caracas, Venezuela.

Authorities said 21 people were injured in the incident.

A year later on Oct. 28, 2016, FedEx flight 910 had just landed from Memphis when it caught fire. Everyone got out safely.

The FedEx plane has been sitting on the ground, burned out since the fire, and it is the first thing travelers see when entering the airport.

"It looks like the engine was lying on the tarmac, and the wing was all burned up," Lisa Morris said. "I was curious if that had been there for a while or what happened."

Some passengers said the sight was unnerving for travelers to see.

"I think it should be moved to a place where people that are flying out aren't able to see it, because if you see it, it's like, 'OK, maybe I just need to drive,'" James Chapman said.

"It is lying there right on the ground, like it crashed yesterday," Butch Leroy added. "They should get it out of there by now. I mean, I don't understand why the investigation is taking so long."

Airport officials said the 767 leased by Dynamic Airways is under litigation and can't be moved, but FedEx’s DC-10 has cleared its National Transportation Safety Board investigation, and crews have begun dismantling it so it can be moved.

Either way, for passengers heading in and out of FLL, it cannot come soon enough.

"It's not real good advertisement for coming into Fort Lauderdale," Leroy said.