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Venezuelan-registered private jet ends up in smoke during takeoff in Fort Lauderdale

FORT LAUDERDALE, – A Venezuelan-registered Gulfstream G100 business jet ran off the end of the runway Friday afternoon at Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport during a failed attempt to take off, according to The Federal Aviation Administration.

The pilot of a private jet that is registered in Venezuela had difficulties during take off on Friday afternoon in Fort Lauderdale.
The pilot of a private jet that is registered in Venezuela had difficulties during take off on Friday afternoon in Fort Lauderdale. (SKY 10)

According to Kathleen Bergen, a spokeswoman for the FAA, three people were aboard the private jet, which was headed to Simon Bolivar International Airport in Maiquetia, Venezuela.

The pilot of a private jet registered in Venezuela was unable to take off and ran off the runway Friday afternoon in Fort Lauderdale.
The pilot of a private jet registered in Venezuela was unable to take off and ran off the runway Friday afternoon in Fort Lauderdale. (SKY 10)

Ft. Lauderdale Fire Rescue Battalion Chief Stephen Gollan said firefighters responded quickly because the plane was carrying 6,800 pounds of fuel.

“There was smoke coming from the right side of the aircraft,” Gollan said. “Our firefighters immediately put foam blankets down and extinguished any possibility for fire in the area."

There were three people aboard a private jet that was unable to take off on Friday in Fort Lauderdale.
There were three people aboard a private jet that was unable to take off on Friday in Fort Lauderdale. (SKY 10)

Gollan said the two men and a woman inside were able to step off the plane safely and were not injured

An FAA employee was there to begin the investigation, Bergen said, adding that The National Transportation Safety Board will determine the probable cause of the incident.

A private jet registered in Venezuela was unable to take off on Friday afternoon in Fort Lauderdale.
A private jet registered in Venezuela was unable to take off on Friday afternoon in Fort Lauderdale. (SKY 10)

Local 10 News Assignment Desk Editor Wilson Louis contributed to this report.


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