Officials arrived in Miami on Wednesday to check on a passenger jet that caught fire as it touched down at the US city’s international airport, forcing more than 100 people to flee the burned and damaged plane.
Three people were hospitalized after Red Air Flight 203 crashed late Tuesday, but none of them have been reported dead or seriously injured, according to Miami-Dade fire officials.
Bystander video of a passenger on the plane that caught fire yesterday at Miami International Airport. Additional video of the moment the plane made a hard landing and caught fire after a landing gear problem. , pic.twitter.com/hg7JZM3sSb
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Dramatic video footage showed people being evacuated from a McDonnell Douglas MD-82 plane, slanting on the runway and thick black smoke billowing from its body.
Red Air jet ️ catches fire after landing at Miami International Airport pic.twitter.com/Plfw01JXiX
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The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), the US government agency that investigates civil aviation accidents, said the plane’s left main landing gear collapsed during landing.
The aircraft “departed from the runway” before resting in a grassy area, it said, with fire on its right side.
#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
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Red Air, a Dominican budget carrier that was launched only in November last year, said it encountered “technical difficulties” when the plane was arriving from Santo Domingo.
Investigators were able to recover the cockpit voice recorder and flight data recorder from the aircraft. They will also check runway markings and physical environment.
Red Air and the NTSB said there were 130 passengers and 10 crew on board.
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