A Delta Air Lines Boeing 757-200 registered N687DL, scheduled to fly Mexico-New York JFK as DL8817 this morning at 09:20 local time, was evacuated through slides on a taxiway at Mexico City‘s Benito Juárez International airport. It had left Terminal 2 Gate 54 on its way to the runway when it stopped abruptly due to fire on engine #2.
No injuries were reported, some nervous breakdowns only.
UPDATE: the flight is now scheduled to leave at 18:51 local time (UTC-6).
UPDATE 2: the flight eventually departed at 19:58, ten and a half hours late, with a replacement aircraft, another Boeing 757-200 registered N6709. The aircraft with the incident will fly back to Atlanta on 2 January with positioning flight number DL9960.
Primera vez con susto en un vuelo. Antes de despegar se prendió fuego el motor del avión de Delta en el que habíamos subido en el aeropuerto de Mexico. Estamos bien por suerte pic.twitter.com/9MbFUU3anS
— Fermín Koop (@ferminkoop) January 1, 2020