MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, Florida. – It was rush hour traffic on the Dolphin Expressway when an MD-82 jetliner carrying 126 people caught fire on Tuesday’s landing at Miami International Airport.
Rafael Medina couldn’t believe what he saw on the catwalk. The jetliner’s nose was damaged. Dark smoke billowed from a wing. The landing gear collapsed, according to the Federal Aviation Administration.
Medina, which was just meters from the plane, recorded video showing some of the people being evacuated screaming and crying. They managed to slide down.
SKY 10 captured aerial video showing Miami-Dade firefighters quickly using white foam to douse the blazes. A bus later took passengers to the terminal, where some were reunited with loved ones.
Only three people suffered minor injuries, according to Greg Chin, a spokesman for the Miami-Dade Aviation Department. The National Transportation Safety Board announced a team will continue investigating Wednesday.
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Red Air #203 from Santo Domingo had its landing gear in the nose of the plane crash which appears to have caused a fire. @MiamiDadeFire responded and put out the fire. Some flights were delayed as a result. Please contact your airline for the latest flight information. pic.twitter.com/06Vs8WuqIB
— Miami International Airport (@iflymia) June 21, 2022
NTSB is sending a team of investigators to Miami following today’s equipment breakdown and runway excursion of an MD-82 jetliner at Miami International Airport. Investigators will arrive on site tomorrow.
— NTSB Newsroom (@NTSB_Newsroom) June 21, 2022
#MDFR is on at the scene of an airplane fire @iflyMIA. The fire brigade brought the fire under control and contained the fuel spill. All souls on board have been checked for injuries. A total of 3 patients were transported to nearby hospitals. pic.twitter.com/hMP68ncJ4s
— Miami-Dade Fire Department (@MiamiDadeFire) June 21, 2022
Three occupants were transported to the hospital with minor injuries. pic.twitter.com/VblnGmdLhq
— Daniella Levine Cava (@MayorDaniella) June 22, 2022
Emily Hales, Editor of the Local 10 News Assignment Desk, contributed to this report.
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