Video: Plane carrying 126 people crashes at Florida airport; 3 injured
Miami: A Red Air plane carrying 126 people caught fire after landing at Miami International Airport on Tuesday when its front landing gear collapsed, but no one was seriously injured. Miami-Dade Aviation Department spokesman Greg Chin said in an email to the Associated Press that the fire occurred after a landing gear collapsed on a Red Air flight arriving from Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.
He said 126 people were on board the MD-82 jetliner and three of them were taken to hospital for treatment of minor injuries. Other passengers were being taken from the plane to the terminal.
Miami-Dade Fire Rescue posted on Twitter that firefighters have brought the blaze under control and are reducing fuel leaks.
TV news images showed the plane came to rest in the grass near a runway and the plane and an area around it apparently doused with white firefighters’ chemicals. At least three fire fighting vehicles were stationed nearby.
The airport experienced some flight delays on Tuesday evening, with airport officials saying in a tweet, instructing passengers to check with airlines for details. The tweet said that the fall of the front landing gear in the nose of the plane appears to be the cause of the fire.
The National Transportation Safety Board posted that a team would arrive at the airport by Wednesday to investigate the fire.