Plane emergency at Miami International Airport
A pregnant woman was reportedly among the seven passengers injured when a pane carrying 126 people caught fire when its landing gear collapsed on the runway at Miami International Airport.
The flight from Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, crashed onto the tarmac at around 5.30pm on Tuesday, coming to a stop near the runway.
Miami-Dade aviation department spokesperson Greg Chin said three people were taken to hospital for treatment for minor injuries, while the remaining passengers were bussed from the site of the accident to the terminal. In total, seven passengers were reported injured – including a pregnant woman, airline RED Air later confirmed to local news outlets.
Lauding the pilot for ensuring that the aircraft “stopped in a position so rescue equipments can access the airplane”, aviation expert Scott Harrington told CBS News it was a miracle that more people were not hurt.
Meanwhile, investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board have started a probe into the incident, as they attempt to determine what caused the landing gear to collapse.
Plane model stopped being made in 1999
The RED Air flight that crashed in Miami on Tuesday was previously owned by the Caracas, Venezuela-based LASER Airlines, reports said.
The McDonnell Douglas aircraft was a line of planes manufactured up until in 1999, by which time the company had ceased to be the leading US aerospace manufacturer.
Delta Airlines stopped flying McDonnell Douglas planes in June 2020, though the carrier at that point retained a fleet of aircraft designed by McDonnell Douglas in the ’90s, it was reported.
Gino Spocchia23 June 2022 16:00
NTSB launches Miami crash probe as survivors speak out
Investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board were expected to arrive at Miami International Airport on Wednesday to begin their probe of a Red Air flight after its landing gear collapsed on the runway and caused it to crash.
“NTSB is sending a team of investigators to Miami following today’s gear collapse and runway excursion of an MD-82 jetliner at Miami International Airport,” the investigative agency responsible for civil transportation accidents wrote on Tuesday night, just a few hours after the 5.40pm incident that smells RED Air Flight 203 into smoke.
Johanna Chisholm reports:
Oliver O’Connell23 June 2022 15:30
‘I thought I was going to die’
Passengers share the horrifying experience as they recounted 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 like, broke his leg and arm,” she said adding that she ran to the exit as soon as the plane came to a stop and made her way to the tarmac as black smoke billowed. “I started running and I jumped, and I thought it was going to explode.”
“I saw the fire, I saw the smoke. It was dark, actually,” said another fellow passenger Paolo Delgado. “Then there was like an apparent smell or something. People were like, screaming all around. I don’t know, like panic.”
Oliver O’Connell23 June 2022 15:00
Pregnant woman among seven injured
Seven people were injured in the crash-landing at Miami International Airport, a spokesperson for Red Air Flight told Local10 News in a statement on Wednesday.
The number is four more than Miami-Dade aviation department spokesperson Greg Chin confirmed to reporters in the aftermath of the crash on Tuesday.
Red Air said while five of the people who were hospitalized by the crash had been released, two others – including a pregnant woman – were expected to be released either on Wednesday evening or Thursday.
Gino SpocchiaJune 23, 2022 2:30 p.m.
It’s a miracle more people were not hurt in crash, says aviation expert
Weighing in on the crash at Miami International Airport, aviation expert Scott Harrington told CBS News that it is a miracle that more people were not hurt in the plane crash.
“Absolutely, it seemed like… again I’m not exactly sure of the specifics of this flight… but it seemed like the pilots did a good job to keep it all in one piece. To get it stopped so the plane could be stopped in a position so rescue equipment can access the airplane,” he said.
Pilots are trained to be calm in such situations, he added.
“We are just hyper-focused. 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’s really not a whole lot we can do.”
Oliver O’Connell23 June 2022 14:00
Webcam captured moment plane crashed
A webcam that was live at the time of the Miami plane crash captured the moment when a RED Air aircraft crash-landed and caught fire on a Miami International Airportrunway on Tuesday.
PTZtv’s Miami Airport Cam showed the plane skidding through the tarmac before coming to stop in the grassy area, as Namita Singh reports:
Gino SpocchiaJune 23, 2022 1:30 p.m.
Miami airport passenger posts video taxiing past wrecked plane
Twitter user @findmory posted a video of the Miami-Dade Fire Rescue response to the crashlanding of the Red Air flight from the Dominican Republic as his own flight taxied past the wreckage.
A great deal of damage can be seen to the nose of the aircraft from where it impacted the runway after the landing gear collapsed.
Oliver O’Connell23 June 2022 12:45
Pregnant woman among injured
A total of seven people, including a pregnant woman, were injured on Tuesday during a rough landing that caused a plane to catch fire at Miami International Airport, the airline confirmed on Wednesday.
According to a spokesperson for RED Air, five people have been released from the hospital and two others remained hospitalized Wednesday morning, including the pregnant woman, although they are expected to be released later in the day.
Oliver O’Connell23 June 2022 12:00
Miami mayor informed ‘tire burst’ and landing apparatus ‘destroyed’
Miami-Dade County mayor Daniella Levine Cava was briefed by fire and rescue services personnel after she arrived at the scene of the crash.
“Apparently a tire burst, and then it went back up and came back down, and the landing was so hard that the entire landing apparatus was destroyed and the belly of the plane is on the ground,” Ms Cava told media as she confirmed that three people were injured in the crash.
Oliver O’ConnellJune 23, 2022 10:30 a.m.
Passengers flee from plane after it catches fire at Miami airport
A plane carrying 126 people caught fire after a landing gear failure caused it to slide across a runway at Miami International Airport on Tuesday evening (21 June).
Passengers flee from plane after it catches fire at Miami airport
A plane carrying 126 people caught fire after a landing gear failure caused it to slide across a runway at Miami International Airport on Tuesday evening (21 June).The Red Air flight, which had traveled to Florida from the Dominican Republic, quickly burst into flames and sent passengers running from the aircraft.Three people suffered minor injuries and were taken to local hospitals for treatment.Miami-Dade Fire Rescue said they had the fire under control and mitigated fuel spillage.Click here to sign up for our newsletters.
Oliver O’Connell23 June 2022 09:00