Airplane catches fire at Miami airport after landing gear “collapsed;” 3 taken to the hospital, officials say

Three people were injured when a plane’s landing gear collapsed and the plane caught fire on Tuesday, a Miami International Airport spokesman said.

Miami plane fire
Miami-Dade Fire Rescue crews work at the scene of a plane fire at Miami International Airport, Tuesday, June 21, 2022. Authorities said a plane carrying 126 people caught fire after the landing, although no serious injuries were reported.

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As the Red Air flight, which arrived from Las Américas International Airport in the Dominican Republic, approached the runway Tuesday evening, the landing gear “collapsed”, the Federal Aviation Administration said. The problem with the landing gear caused the fire.

Erika Benitez of Miami-Dade Fire Rescue said officials responding to the scene discovered one of the wings was on fire. Foam trucks were used to extinguish the flames.

There were 126 people on board and three were taken to hospital with minor injuries, said Greg Chin, director of communications for the Miami-Dade Department of Aviation. The rest of the passengers were transported by bus to the terminal.

Plane catches fire at Miami airport
Video shows a plane at Miami International Airport after making an emergency landing, in this screenshot obtained by Reuters from a social media video, June 21, 2022.

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Videos posted online showed the flames, which have since been extinguished, Chin said.

The FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating the incident. Red Air said in a statement that the Dominican Civil Aeronautics Institute would also investigate.

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