FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) – Three people were on board a small jet that has ended up in the grass after, officials said, it ran off a runway at Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport.
Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue responded to the airport, at 6000 NW 21st Ave., at around 3:30 p.m., Friday.
According to Federal Aviation Administration officials, a Gulfstream G100 business jet ran off the end of Runway 27 at the airport while trying to take off.
“When it comes to a plane crash, this is probably the best case scenario that you could possibly have,” FLFR Battalion Chief Stephen Gollan said. “Fortunately, the three people on board the aircraft were not injured in any way at all and were able to self extricate themselves from the plane and were standing by when our crews were on arrival.”
Investigators said the plane was headed to Simon Bolivar International Airport in Maiquetia, Venezuela, before it ran off the runway.
The aircraft was unable to gain any sort of altitude, never got off the ground and a small fire broke out that has since been extinguished, fire officials said.
“They didn’t have enough power to get off the ground,” Gollan said. “The plane came off the runway at the end.”
Fire officials added that the aircraft was carrying 6,800 pounds of fuel at the time of the incident.
7Skyforce HD flew over the airport where the aircraft could be seen resting on its nose gear on the grass.
7News cameras captured crews attempting to lift the aircraft from the grass to tow it away, Friday night.
The FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board will be investigating what caused the plane to run off the end of the runway.