The incident took place at Miami International Airport. At least three people were injured
A Red Air plane caught fire after taking off from landing gear, causing the plane with 126 people on board to collide with its base called the belly. The incident took place at Miami International Airport in the United States.
As stated in it CNN International, At least three people have been admitted to hospital with minor injuries. The flight departed from Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.
In the videos shared on social media, you can see the moment of landing and the column of smoke formed by the flames.
# News | A # Red Air MD-82 ignited @iflymia After a transparent landing gear slip.
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(Congratulations to the team for the quick exit!) pic.twitter.com/2XGC9zDaNs
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# Red Air The MD80 caught fire shortly after landing at MIA Airport
All passengers disembarking from the aircraft are safe pic.twitter.com/go66ozwRSX
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Apparently, when the plane landed, firefighters were already at the scene, meaning the pilot was already aware of a problem with the landing gear and alerted the control tower.
The fire is said to have spread to one of the wings of the McDonnell Douglas MD-80. A crew of about ten members immediately evacuated all passengers.
One of the main concerns was eventually a fuel leak, but the Red Air team also tried to prevent it from happening.
#MDFR The plane is at the scene of the fire @iflyMIA. Firefighters are battling the blaze and extinguishing the fuel leak. All souls on board have been evaluated for injuries. A total of 3 patients were taken to local hospitals. pic.twitter.com/hMP68ncJ4s
– Miami-Dade Fire Rescue (MiamiDadeFire) June 21, 2022
In a statement, the Dominican Republic-based airline said it encountered technical problems after the plane landed. Miami International Airport “, without giving further details about the incident.
“We express our complete solidarity with the passengers and crew of the aircraft”, reads the same note.