Airplane catches fire at Miami airport after landing gear "collapsed," FAA says

Three people were injured when an airplane's landing gear collapsed and the plane caught fire Tuesday, a spokesperson for Miami International Airport said.

The Red Air flight was arriving from Las Américas International Airport in the Dominican Republic. As it approached the runway Tuesday evening, the landing gear "collapsed," the Federal Aviation Administration said. The issue with the landing gear caused the fire.

Miami-Dade Fire Rescue crews works at the scene of an aircraft fire at Miami International Airport, Tuesday, June 21, 2022. Authorities said a plane carrying 126 people caught fire after landing, though no serious injuries were reported. / Credit: Miami-Dade Fire Rescue via AP
Miami-Dade Fire Rescue crews works at the scene of an aircraft fire at Miami International Airport, Tuesday, June 21, 2022. Authorities said a plane carrying 126 people caught fire after landing, though no serious injuries were reported. / Credit: Miami-Dade Fire Rescue via AP

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

There were 126 people onboard, and three were taken to the hospital with minor injuries, Miami-Dade Aviation Department communication director Greg Chin said. The rest of the passengers were bussed to the terminal.

A video shows a plane at Miami International Airport after an emergency landing, in this screengrab obtained by Reuters from a social media video, June 21, 2022.  / Credit: REUTERS
A video shows a plane at Miami International Airport after an emergency landing, in this screengrab obtained by Reuters from a social media video, June 21, 2022. / Credit: REUTERS

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

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

#RedAir MD80 just caught fire after landing at MIA airportAll passengers look to be safe as they exited the plane pic.twitter.com/go66ozwRSX

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