Airliner catches fire after crash landing
At least four people have been injured after a civilian passenger plane crash-landed and caught fire at Miami International Airport in Florida on Tuesday evening. There were 126 people on board the Red Air flight 203 from Santo Domingo, local media reported.
The MD-82 passenger jet ended up skidding off the runway, destroying a small building and a communications tower before catching fire. Preliminary reports suggest something may have gone wrong with the landing gear.
The incident happened at 5:30pm local time. Fire crews responded to the incident and were able to quickly put out the fire, which broke out on the right wing of the plane after the crash. However, two runways on the south side of the airport remain closed.
Un avión se incendia en el aeropuerto de Miami. No hay que lamentar víctimas ni lesionados hasta el momento. El incendio fue sofocado. pic.twitter.com/2ZeS8moPBf— Mario J. Pentón (@MarioJPenton) June 21, 2022
The plane was safely evacuated. Of the 125 passengers and 11 crew on board, four people suffered minor injuries. Two or three of them were transported to a nearby hospital, according to reports.
RedAir, based in the Dominican Republic, is a low-cost carrier founded in late 2021. On Monday, the company announced it would add 20 more weekly flights to the US, including three daily trips between Miami and Santo Domingo, starting on July 25.