Miami airport crash – live: Aircraft with 126 passengers catches fire after crash landing at Florida airport

Airplane Emergency at Miami International Airport

A plane carrying 126 people caught fire when its landing gear collapsed on the runway at Miami International Airport on Tuesday.

The dramatic incident happened when a Red Air flight arrived from Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, Miami-Dade Department of Aviation spokesman Greg Chin said.

Three people were slightly injured and taken to hospital for treatment, while the other passengers were taken by bus from the accident site to the terminal.

The plane was arriving from Santo Domingo around 5:30 p.m. when the incident occurred.

It appears to have come to rest near a grassy area beside the runway.

Some flights have been delayed due to the fire, airport officials said.

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Passenger on crashed flight describes ‘scary’ scene

A passenger who was on board RED Air Flight 203 when it crashed at Miami International Airport described a ‘scary’ scene to local media The Miami Herald.

“People were very scared,” said Mauricio Davis, who was returning from Venezuela and boarding a connecting flight in Santo Domingo for Miami.

“People were gripping the seats so they wouldn’t turn over,” he added, noting that when the 126 passengers traveling on board realized there was a fire, they collectively started screaming in panic.

Learn more about the Miami Herald here.

Johanna ChisholmJune 22, 2022 11:45 a.m.

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Flights at Miami International Airport operating as scheduled

After Miami International Airport closed two of its four runways following the 6 p.m. Tuesday crash of RED Air Flight 203 on its runway, flights are now running on schedule, the spokesperson said. airport, Greg Chin.

Initially, South Florida Airport warned that there would be temporary delays, but according to the latest updates on their arrivals and departures website, inbound and outbound flights are landing and departing on time. .

Flights taking off and landing at Miami International Airport are on schedule

(Miami International Airport website)

Johanna ChisholmJune 22, 2022 10:45 a.m.

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Red Air: New airline announced as a boost for the tourism sector

Red Air, the airline whose flight crashed on Tuesday, is based in the Dominican Republic and Venezuela. It has been flying since the end of 2021.

The company began by operating charter flights between the Dominican Republic and Miami, and has clearance for flights to Tampa, Florida; San Jose, Costa Rica; Medellín and Cartagena, Colombia; Panama; and Caracas, Venezuela.

A Red Air plane that caught fire on June 21, 2022

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The leaders of the Dominican Republic had celebrated the launch of the airline.

“With these flights, the country benefits from greater interconnection with the rest of the world. And of course, the tourism sector directly benefits from this, which is at its best moment, surpassing even pre-pandemic figures,” President Luis Abinader said in December.

Namita SingJune 22, 2022 9:30 a.m.

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ICYMI: Video shows terrified passengers fleeing after crash

Just before 5:40 p.m. Tuesday, a Red Air flight from the Dominican Republic suffered a landing gear failure on arrival, sending a plane with 126 people skidding onto runway nine at the MIA.

The craft quickly burst into flames, sending passengers fleeing the grounded plane, which was arriving from Santo Domingo. Some were filmed walking away from the wreckage, while others stopped to film the crash with their phones.

Many were seen carrying luggage from the burning plane as emergency crews arrived.

Josh Marcus reports the details:

Namita SingJune 22, 2022 8:27 a.m.

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Brother provides update on injured passenger: “It was crazy”

Edgar Rincon, the brother of one of the passengers, provided updates on his sister, who suffered a minor injury as a result of the accident.

“She was very nervous. She was hit in the knee. It’s not broken, but she hurt her knee,” he told CBS News, adding that even though she was injured, she didn’t need to go to the hospital.

“She said it was crazy to miss it, to miss a plane, she lost her shoes and everything, and everyone was crazy there.”

Namita SingJune 22, 2022 06:58

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It’s a miracle more people haven’t been injured in a crash, says aviation expert

Weighing in on the crash at Miami International Airport, aviation expert Scott Harrington told CBS News it’s a miracle more people weren’t injured in the plane crash.

“Absolutely, it looked like…again, I’m not exactly sure of the details of this theft…but it looked like the pilots had done a good job of keeping it all in one piece. To stop it so that the aircraft can be stopped in a position allowing lifesaving equipment to access the aircraft,” he said.

Pilots are trained to be calm in such situations, he added.

“We are just super focused. Our brain goes into flight mode. We focus on the problem, we focus on finding the solution as much as possible. Sometimes if a mechanical part breaks there really isn’t much we can do.

Namita SingJune 22, 2022 06:38

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Miami-Dade County Mayor arrives at the scene

Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava was briefed by fire and rescue personnel after arriving at the scene of the crash.

“Apparently a tire burst and then it went up and down and the landing was so hard that the whole landing gear was destroyed and the belly of the plane is on the ground,” Ms. Cava to the media confirming that three people were injured in the accident.

Namita SingJune 22, 2022 05:40

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The NTSB sends investigators to the scene of the accident on Wednesday

ICYMI: The National Transportation Safety Board said the plane was a McDonnell Douglas MD-82 and it says it will send a team of investigators to the incident site on Wednesday.

Graeme MassieJune 22, 2022 04:57

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What happened during the crash?

A jetliner carrying 126 people caught fire after landing at Miami International Airport on Tuesday when the nose landing gear collapsed, before coming to rest in a grassy area next to the runway.

The fire followed the collapse of that landing gear on a Red Air flight from Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, Miami-Dade Aviation Department spokesman Greg Chin said.

Miami-Dade Fire Rescue posted on Twitter that fire crews had the blaze under control and were mitigating fuel spills.

The plane collided with several objects after veering off the runway, including a crane tower and a small building in the area, News 7 reported.

Namita SingJune 22, 2022 04:55

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“I thought I was going to die”

Passengers share the horrifying experience as they recount the crash landing of their plane at Miami International Airport.

“I thought I was going to die,” Paola Garcia told 7 News. “All the windows were smashed, and someone like that broke their leg and arm,” she said, adding that she ran for the exit as soon as the plane came to a stop. and headed for the tarmac as black smoke billowed. “I started running and I jumped, and I thought it was going to explode.”

Video shows a plane at Miami International Airport after making an emergency landing, in this screenshot obtained by Reuters

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“I saw the fire, I saw the smoke. It was dark, actually,” said another passenger, Paolo Delgado. “Then there was like an apparent smell or something. People were like, screaming all around. I don’t know, like panic.

Namita SingJune 22, 2022 4:41 a.m.

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