Watch: Passengers Flee Burning Jet at Miami Airport
The Red Air plane, carrying 126 people, burst into flames after its landing gear collapsed, officials said.
A rough landing at Miami International Airport on Tuesday afternoon left an airplane on fire and three people hospitalized, an airport spokesperson said in a statement. Taking off from the Dominican Republic, Red Air Flight 203 had 126 people aboard when it experienced apparent gear failure. When its front landing gear “collapsed,” according to the Federal Aviation Administration, which has opened an investigation, a fire was sparked. Footage of the incident shows the MD-82 at rest in the grass at the airport, with passengers scurrying onto a nearby runway. While the three injured passengers were transported to the hospital with minor injuries, the remaining passengers were brought to the airport terminal via bus, Miami-Dade Aviation Department communication director Greg Chin said. The flames were subsequently brought under control by fire crews. The FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board have sent teams to investigate the incident.