MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, Fla. – More than 100 passengers had to evacuate a plane after gear collapsed from its nose during landing and caused a fire on Tuesday at a Miami International Airport runway.
Three of the 126 people aboard the RED Air SRL 203 arriving from the Dominican Republic suffered minor injuries, according to Greg Chin, a spokesman for the Miami-Dade Aviation Department.
A witness recorded a video showing some of the passengers were screaming and crying as dark smoke billowed. Firefighters quickly shot a white foam to extinguish the flames.
The flight arrived at MIA from Las Américas International Airport in Santo Domingo’s Punta Caucedo, according to the FAA. It departed at 3:36 p.m., and it landed at 5:38 p.m., 42 minutes late, according to FlightAware.
Miami-Dade Fire Rescue started to dispatch units at 5:39 p.m., the active calls record shows. A surveillance camera facing the airport showed dark smoke rising shortly after 5:45 p.m., near the Dolphin Expressway at Northwest 57th Avenue.
After extinguishing the fire, firefighters also worked to contain the fuel spillage. By 9:15 p.m., MDFR had dispatched 45 units to deal with the plane at MIA. The NTSB announced that a federal team will continue the investigation on Wednesday.