A plane carrying 126 people caught fire when its landing gear fell on the runway at Miami International Airport in the US. According to CBS NewsThree people were injured when a Red Air flight from Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, arrived on Tuesday evening.
Videos of the dramatic incident were shared on social media. This showed that the airplane was covered with white chemical foam by firefighters. Several videos also showed frightened passengers running away from the fire as firefighters brought the blaze under control.
— Only in Dad (@ONLYinDADE) 21 June 2022
#florida , A fire broke out after the plane carrying 126 passengers from the Dominican Republic landed #miami Airport. The MD-82 aircraft, Red Air Flight 203, had landed when the landing gear collapsed and caught fire. 3 people have received minor injuries. pic.twitter.com/eBok7Xuwhj
— informant (@theinformantofc) 22 June 2022
according to independent, the aircraft was coming from Santo Domingo at around 5.30 pm (local time) when the incident took place. After taking off from the runway, the plane 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 airplane was a McDonnell Douglas MD-82, and that it would send a team of investigators to the scene. Miami-Dade Fire Rescue said separately, “Fire crews have brought the fire under control and are minimizing the fuel leak.”
Some flights were delayed after the incident. Officials also said that passengers should consult their individual airlines for more details. In addition, they reported that the fall 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 independentRed Air, which is based in the Dominican Republic and Venezuela, has been operating flights only since the end of 2021. The company introduced charter flights between Dominican Republican and Miami. It also has authorization for flights to Tampa, Florida; San Jose, Costa Rica; Medellin and Cartagena, Colombia; Panama; and Caracas, Venezuela.