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Miami plane crash latest: ‘Miracle no longer injured’, says aviation expert as NTSB probes budget airline

Airplane emergency at Miami International Airport

A plane carrying 126 people caught fire when its landing gear collapsed on the runway at Miami International Airport on Tuesday.

The dramatic incident happened when a Red Air flight arrived from Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, Miami-Dade Department of Aviation spokesman Greg Chin said.

Three people were slightly injured and taken to hospital for treatment, while the other passengers were taken by bus from the accident site to the terminal.

Praising the pilot for ensuring the plane “stops in a position that allows lifesaving equipment to access the plane,” aviation expert Scott Harrington told CBS News it was a miracle that more people were not injured.

Meanwhile, National Transportation Safety Board investigators have launched an investigation into the incident, as they try to determine what caused the landing gear to collapse.

The plane was arriving from Santo Domingo around 5:30 p.m. when the incident occurred.

It appears to have come to rest near a grassy area beside the runway.

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Passenger on crashed flight describes ‘scary’ scene

A passenger who was on board RED Air Flight 203 when it crashed at Miami International Airport described a ‘scary’ scene to local media The Miami Herald.

“People were very scared,” said Mauricio Davis, who was returning from Venezuela and boarding a connecting flight in Santo Domingo for Miami.

“People were gripping the seats so they wouldn’t turn over,” he added, noting that when the 126 passengers traveling on board realized there was a fire, they collectively started screaming in panic.

Learn more about the Miami Herald here.

Olivier O’ConnellJune 23, 2022 05:01

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Watch: Red Air Flight 203 passenger shares escape footage

One of the passengers traveling on Red Air Flight 203 from Santo Domingo to Miami on Tuesday afternoon filmed the terrifying moments before he and other passengers made an emergency exit down the escape slide from the ‘plane.

Paolo Delgado, who shared his cellphone footage with CBS Austin’s John-Carlos Estrada, can be seen fleeing the plane on the ground while passengers ahead and behind him are heard trying to get off at the haste of the steaming airliner.

As Mr. Delgado descends the emergency slide, a plume of black smoke can be seen billowing from the plane he escaped from just seconds ago.

Footage shows some passengers had stopped to collect their luggage, including wheeled suitcases, before exiting the plane, contrary to emergency evacuation rules.

Watch the full clip below:

Olivier O’ConnellJune 23, 2022 03:30

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Video shows terrified passengers fleeing Miami plane

Just before 5:40 p.m. Tuesday, a Red Air flight from the Dominican Republic suffered a landing gear failure on arrival, sending a plane with 126 people skidding onto runway nine at the MIA.

The craft quickly caught fire, causing the passengers of the grounded jet, which was arriving from Santo Domingo, to flee.

Olivier O’ConnellJune 23, 2022 02:00

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Panic as fire breaks out when plane’s landing gear breaks while landing in Miami

A plane carrying 126 people caught fire when its landing gear collapsed on the runway at Miami International Airport, officials say.

The dramatic incident happened when a Red Air flight arrived from Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, Miami-Dade Department of Aviation spokesman Greg Chin said.

Authorities said three people were lightly injured and taken to hospital for treatment. The remaining passengers were bussed from the crash site to the terminal.

Olivier O’ConnellJune 23, 2022 12:30 a.m.

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Recap: What is Red Air?

A plane carrying 126 passengers caught fire when its landing gear failed at Miami International Airport on Tuesday, leaving passengers fleeing the plane and many observers questioning the airline operating the flight.

Red Air is one of the region’s newest airlines. The Dominican Republic-based company launched in fall 2021 – seeking to challenge other low-cost airlines by offering relatively affordable flights between the United States and the Caribbean country.

Olivier O’ConnellJune 22, 2022 11:15 p.m.

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NTSB launches Miami crash investigation as survivors speak out

National Transportation Safety Board investigators are expected to arrive at Miami International Airport on Wednesday to begin their investigation into a Red Air flight after its landing gear collapsed onto the runway and caused it to crash.

“The NTSB is sending a team of investigators to Miami following today’s train meltdown and the runway excursion of an MD-82 airliner at Miami International Airport,” it said. writes the investigation agency responsible for civilian transport accidents on Tuesday evening, only a few hours after 5:40 p.m. incident that sent RED Air Flight 203 up in smoke.

Reporting by Johanna Chisholm.

Olivier O’ConnellJune 22, 2022 10:15 p.m.

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“I thought I was going to die”

Passengers share the horrifying experience as they recount 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 smashed, and someone like that broke their leg and arm,” she said, adding that she ran for the exit as soon as the plane came to a stop. and headed for 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 passenger, Paolo Delgado. “Then there was like an apparent smell or something. People were like, screaming all around. I don’t know, like panic.

Olivier O’ConnellJune 22, 2022 9:30 p.m.

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Pregnant woman among the wounded

A total of seven people, including a pregnant woman, were injured on Tuesday in a hard landing that set a plane on fire at Miami International Airport, the airline confirmed on Wednesday.

A spokesperson for RED Air said five people were discharged from hospital and two others remained hospitalized Wednesday morning, including the pregnant woman, although they are expected to be discharged later in the day.

Olivier O’ConnellJune 22, 2022 8:45 p.m.

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Miami mayor informed of ‘tire burst’ and landing craft ‘destroyed’

Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava was briefed by fire and rescue personnel after arriving at the scene of the crash.

“Apparently a tire burst and then it went up and down and the landing was so hard that the whole landing gear was destroyed and the belly of the plane is on the ground,” Ms. Cava to the media confirming that three people were injured in the accident.

Olivier O’ConnellJune 22, 2022 8:00 p.m.

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Miami airport passenger posts video driving past crashed plane

Twitter user @findmory posted a video of Miami-Dade Fire Rescue’s response to the crash landing of the Red Air flight from the Dominican Republic as his own flight taxied past the wreckage.

Much damage can be seen on the nose of the aircraft from where it struck the runway after the landing gear collapsed.

Olivier O’ConnellJune 22, 2022 7:30 p.m.


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