Investigation underway at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood Intl. after FedEx plane fire

FORT LAUDERDALE-HOLLYWOOD INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, FLA. (WSVN) - An investigation and major clean up are underway at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, Monday, just days after a FedEx cargo plane caught fire upon landing, causing extensive damage to the aircraft and the airport runway.

Monday morning, 7SkyforceHD captured workers hooking up a sling to the damaged wing of the plane. By Monday afternoon, the crew will then place the wing onto a flat bed and tow the aircraft off the runway. Crews were also seen working on the area of the runway where the plane hit the pavement, causing extensive damage. This runway remains closed.

One noticeable difference to the plane’s appearance, Monday morning, was something that was no longer there — no FedEx logos or lettering were visible on the sides or tail of the aircraft.

The reason for this paint job is not known.

On Friday, a FedEx cargo plane’s left wing and fuel tank caught fire as it landed at Fort Lauderdale – Hollywood International Airport. The FedEx jet was arriving at FLL from Memphis, Tennessee, when the incident occurred.

According to Broward Sheriff’s Fire Rescue spokesman Mike Jachles, the fire didn’t spread to the thousands of pieces of mail and other cargo the plane carried.

FedEx confirmed in a statement, Friday, that the plane’s only crew members at the time of the fire were pilots who were both able to safely escape the aircraft down a rope ladder.

After the landing, officials ordered a complete ground stop at FLL, Friday evening, causing some delays for travelers.

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