Aviation

“I thought I was going to die”: Passenger plane catches fire on runway

A Red Air flight with 126 passengers on board caught fire after its landing gear collapsed on the runway at Miami International Airport.

The aircraft was arriving from Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, according to Miami-Dade Aviation Department spokesperson Greg Chin.

Three people received minor injuries and were taken to the hospital for treatment, according to The Independent. The rest of those on the flight were bussed away from the scene.

The plane arrived at around 5:30 pm on Tuesday, Miami time and crashed into several objects after veering off the runway, including a crane tower and a small building in the area.

The National Transportation Safety Board said it will send a team of investigators to the incident site on Wednesday.

“Fire crews have placed the fire under control and are mitigating fuel spillage,” Miami-Dade Fire Rescue posted on Twitter.

Videos posted on social media show firefighters dousing the plane with white chemical foam after the crash.

“I thought I was going to die,” Paola Garcia told 7News Miami.

“All the windows were broken, and someone like, broke his leg and arm.”

Garcia added that she made her way to the exit once the plane came to a stop and went to the tarmac as black smoke billowed from the plane.

“I started running and I jumped, and I thought it was going to explode.”

The plane came to a rest near a grassy area by the side of the runway and some flights were delayed due to the fire.


Featured Image: Twitter/MadrasTribune



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