Florida: In a heart-wrenching incident which can leads to many deaths but only 3 people have been injured and hospitalised while others escaped unhurt. Dominican Republic aircraft, Red Air carrying 126 flyers caught fire after landing at the Miami International Airport. According to reports, the landing gear malfunctioned, causing the Red Air flight 203 to crashland on the runway.
The dramatic incident took place on Tuesday at 5.30 pm (local time) when the plane was arriving from Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. There were 126 people on board, including 11 crew members. The plane appeared to have come to rest near a grassy area by the side of the runway. Some flights were delayed due to the fire, airport officials said. Miami-Dade Fire Rescue posted on Twitter that “fire crews have placed the fire under control and are mitigating fuel spillage.”
It said that foam trucks were used to extinguish the flames.
#MDFR is on scene of an aircraft fire at @iflyMIA. Fire crews have placed the fire under control and are mitigating fuel spillage. All souls on board have been assessed for injuries. A total of 3 patients have been transported to local area hospitals. pic.twitter.com/hMP68ncJ4s
— Miami-Dade Fire Rescue (@MiamiDadeFire) June 21, 2022
Social media videos taken by other passengers landing at the airport showed the airplane had been doused with white chemical foam by firefighters.
🚨#BREAKING: Aircraft catches fire as its landing gear collapsed
Multiple Emergency crews are currently at the scene as Red Air aircraft catches fire as its landing gear collapsed after landing at Miami International Airport All passengers been evacuated pic.twitter.com/3D8Ioak9kn
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— R A W S A L E R T S (@rawsalerts) June 21, 2022
#RedAir MD80 just caught fire after landing at MIA airport
All passengers look to be safe as they exited the plane pic.twitter.com/go66ozwRSX
— zalmy cohen (@emalevin) June 21, 2022
— Janine Stanwood (@JanineStanwood) June 22, 2022
While other videos showed terrified passengers running for their lives as firefighters rush to the sport to control the blaze.
TV news images showed the plane appeared to have come to rest in grass beside a runway and that the aircraft and an area all around it were apparently doused with white firefighters’ chemicals. At least three firefighting vehicles were positioned nearby.