An American Airlines flight from Fort Lauderdale to Dallas was pulled back Tuesday after another airplane’s crew spotted the plane leaking fuel.
There were no injuries among the 130 people aboard Flight 2410, which happened about 9:30 a.m., authorities said.
“The left engine was spraying fuel and it was noticed by a plane behind it,” Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue spokesman Mike Jachles said. “They radioed it in immediately.”
The American Airlines aircraft had taxied out for departure at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, but was not yet on the runway, the Federal Aviation Administration said.
Passengers stayed on the Boeing 737 as firefighters handled the emergency, the FAA said.
Water was used to disperse about 20 gallons of fuel that had puddled beneath the engine, Jachles said. There was also a trail of fuel nearly a mile long along the taxiway, he said.
“Fortunately there was no fire,” Jachles said.
The jet was towed back to a gate and passengers were put on different flights, airport spokesman Gregory Meyer said.
A spokeswoman for American Airlines could not be reached for comment.