A plane with 126 aboard caught fire when its landing gear collapsed on the runway at Miami International Airport, US. According to CBS Newsthree people were injured after a Red Air flight arrived Tuesday evening from Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.
Videos of the dramatic incident were shared on social media. It turned out that the plane had been doused with white chemical foam by firefighters. Several videos also showed terrified passengers fleeing the blaze as firefighters got the blaze under control.
— ONLY in DADE (@ONLYinDADE) June 21, 2022
#Florida † Plane with 126 passengers, originating from the Dominican Republic, caught fire after landing on #Miami airport. The MD-82 aircraft, Red Air Flight 203, had landed when the landing gear collapsed and caught fire. 3 people with minor injuries. pic.twitter.com/eBok7Xuwhj
— The Informant (@theinformantofc) June 22, 2022
According to the Independent, the plane arrived from Santo Domingo around 5:30 PM (local time) when the incident occurred. After it veered off the runway, it collided with several objects, including a crane tower and a small building in the area.
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The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) said the plane was a McDonnell Douglas MD-82 and it will send a team of investigators to the scene of the incident. “Firefighters are controlling the fire and limiting fuel spills,” Miami-Dade Fire Rescue said separately.
Several flights were delayed after the incident. Officials also said travelers should consult their individual airline for more information. They also said that the collapse of the front landing gear in the nose of the aircraft appeared to be the cause of the fire.
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According to the IndependentBased in the Dominican Republic and Venezuela, Red Air has only been operating flights since the end of 2021. The company started flying charter flights between the Dominican Republic and Miami. It also has clearance for flights to Tampa, Florida; San Jose, Costa Rica; Medellin and Cartagena, Colombia; Panama; and Caracas, Venezuela.