Emergency plane 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 took place when a Red Air flight arrived from Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, said Greg Chin, spokesman for the Miami-Dade aviation department.
Three people suffered minor injuries and were taken to hospital for treatment, while the remaining passengers were taken by bus from the crash site to the terminal.
The plane was arriving from Santo Domingo around 5:30 p.m. when the incident occurred.
It appeared to have stopped near a grassy area at the side of the runway.
Some flights were delayed due to the fire, airport officials said.
Brother provides update on injured passenger: ‘It was crazy’
Edgar Rincón, the brother of one of the passengers, provided an update on his sister, who suffered a minor injury after the accident.
“I was very nervous. She received a blow to the knee. She’s not broken, but she hurt her knee,” she told CBS News, adding that although she was hurt, she didn’t have to go to the hospital.
“He said it was crazy to be without him, to be without the plane, he lost his shoes and everything, and everyone was crazy there.”
namita singhJune 22, 2022 06:58
It’s a miracle more people haven’t been injured in accidents, says aviation expert
Commenting on the accident at Miami International Airport, aviation expert Scott Harrington told CBS News that it’s a miracle more people weren’t injured in the plane crash.
“Absolutely, it seemed…again, I’m not exactly sure of the details of this flight…but it seemed like the pilots did a good job of keeping it all in one piece. Stop it so the plane can stop in a position where the rescue team can access the plane,” he said.
Pilots are trained to be calm in such situations, he added.
“We’re just hyperfocused. Our brain goes into flight mode. We are focused on the problem, focused on taking care of the solution as much as we can. Sometimes if a mechanical part breaks, there really isn’t much we can do.”
namita singhJune 22, 2022 06:38
The mayor of Miami-Dade County arrives on the scene
Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava was briefed by fire and rescue services personnel after she arrived at the crash site.
“Apparently, a tire blew out, and then it went back up and went down again, and the landing was so hard that the entire landing gear was destroyed and the belly of the plane is on the ground,” Cava told the media, confirming that three people were injured in the crash.
namita singh22 June 2022 05:40
NTSB sent investigators to the scene of the accident on Wednesday.
ICYMI: The National Transportation Safety Board said the aircraft was a McDonnell Douglas MD-82 and it will send a team of investigators to the scene of the incident on Wednesday.
Graeme MassieJune 22, 2022 04:57
What happened during the crash?
A passenger plane carrying 126 people caught fire after landing at Miami International Airport Tuesday when its front landing gear collapsed, before coming to rest on a grassy area next to the runway.
The fire followed the collapse of landing gear on a Red Air flight arriving from Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, said Greg Chin, a spokesman for the Miami-Dade Aviation Department.
The Miami-Dade Fire Rescue posted on Twitter that fire crews had brought the fire under control and were mitigating the fuel spill.
The plane collided with several objects after it skidded off the runway, including a crane tower and a small building in the area, News 7 reported.
namita singh22 June 2022 04:55
‘I thought I was going to die’
Passengers share the horrific 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 broken, and someone broke their leg and arm,” she said, adding that she ran for the exit as soon as the plane stopped and headed for the runway as black smoke billowed. “I started running and jumped, and I thought I was going to explode.”
“I saw the fire, I saw the smoke. Actually, it was dark,” said another passenger, Paolo Delgado. “So there was like an apparent smell or something. People were like, screaming everywhere. I don’t know, like panic.”
namita singhJune 22, 2022 04:41
Plane evacuation criticized by emergency chief
ICYMI: Steven Kuhr took to Twitter to criticize the evacuation of the Red Air flight at Miami International Airport.
“Luggage and wheeled suitcases on the tarmac. Unacceptable. The evacuation must be evaluated by @NTSBsaid Kuhr, whose Twitter bio says he is an emergency manager.
Graeme MassieJune 22, 2022 04:36
Video shows terrified passengers fleeing plane fire in Miami
ICYMI: Passengers screamed and fled from the scene of a burning plane crash at Miami International Airport, video shows.
Just before 5:40 p.m. Tuesday, a Red Air flight from the Dominican Republic suffered landing gear failure on arrival, causing a plane carrying 126 people to slide down runway nine at MIA.
Graeme MassieJune 22, 2022 04:02
Latest image of the Miami airport accident
A Red Air plane that caught fire after the front landing gear collapsed on landing is seen at Miami International Airport in Miami, after arriving from Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, Tuesday, June 21, 2022. The wreckage of a radar tower can be seen wrapped around the wing of the plane.
Graeme MassieJune 22, 2022 03:36
Plane carrying 126 people catches fire after landing gear collapses on Miami runway
ICYMI: A plane carrying 126 people caught fire when its landing gear collapsed on the runway at Miami International Airport, according to authorities.
The dramatic incident occurred when a Red Air flight arrived from Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, said Greg Chin, spokesman for the Miami-Dade Aviation Department.
Authorities say three people suffered minor injuries and were taken to hospital for treatment. The remaining passengers were transferred by bus from the accident site to the terminal.
Graeme Massie22 June 2022 03:01