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A pregnant woman was reportedly among the seven passengers injured when a pane carrying 126 people caught fire when its landing gear collapsed on the runway at Miami International Airport.

The flight from Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, crashed onto the tarmac at around 5.30pm on Tuesday, coming to a stop near the runway.

Miami-Dade aviation department spokesperson Greg Chin said three people were taken to hospital for treatment for minor injuries, while the remaining passengers were bussed from the site of the accident to the terminal. In total, seven passengers were reported injured – including a pregnant woman, airline RED Air later confirmed to local news outlets.

Lauding the pilot for ensuring that the aircraft “stopped in a position so rescue equipments can access the airplane”, aviation expert Scott Harrington told CBS News it was a miracle that more people were not hurt.

Meanwhile, investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board have started a probe into the incident, as they attempt to determine what caused the landing gear to collapse.

Key points

  • Plane carrying 126 people catches fire after landing gear collapses on Miami runway

  • Miami firefighters tackle blaze

  • Video shows terrified passengers fleeing Miami plane crash blaze

  • What is Red Air, the Dominican airline whose plane crash landed at the Miami airport?

Miami-Dade County mayor arrives at the scene

Wednesday 22 June 2022 05:40 , Namita Singh

Miami-Dade County mayor Daniella Levine Cava was briefed by fire and rescue services personnel after she arrived at the scene of the crash.

“Apparently a tire burst, and then it went back up and came back down, and the landing was so hard that the entire landing apparatus was destroyed and the belly of the plane is on the ground,” Ms Cava told media as she confirmed that three people were injured in the crash.

It’s a miracle more people were not hurt in crash, says aviation expert

Wednesday 22 June 2022 06:38 , Namita Singh

Weighing in on the crash at Miami International Airport, aviation expert Scott Harrington told CBS News that it is a miracle that more people were not hurt in the plane crash.

“Absolutely, it seemed like... again I’m not exactly sure of the specifics of this flight... but it seemed like the pilots did a good job to keep it all in one piece. To get it stopped so the plane could be stopped in a position so rescue equipment can access the airplane,” he said.

Pilots are trained to be calm in such situations, he added.

“We are just hyper focused. Our brain goes into flight mode. We are focused on the problem, focused on taking care of the solution as much as we can. Sometimes if a mechanical part breaks, there’s really not a whole lot we can do.”

Brother provides update on injured passenger: 'It was crazy'

Wednesday 22 June 2022 06:58 , Namita Singh

Edgar Rincon, the brother of one of the passengers, provided updates on his sister, who suffered a minor injury following the crash.

“She was very nervous. She got hit in the knee. It’s not broken, but she got an injury in the knee,” he told CBS News, adding that while she was hurt, she did not have to go to the hospital.

“She said it was crazy running out of it, running out of the aircraft, she lost her shoes and everything, and everyone was crazy there.”

ICYMI: Video shows terrified passengers fleeing after the crash

Wednesday 22 June 2022 08:27 , Namita Singh

Passengers screamed and fled from the scene of a flaming plane crash at the Miami International Airport, video shows.

Just before 5.40pm on Tuesday, a Red Air flight arriving from the Dominican Republic had a landing gear failure upon arrival, sending a jet with 126 people sliding across runway nine at MIA.

The craft quickly caught fire, sending passengers running from the grounded jet, which was inbound from Santo Domingo.Some were filmed hustling away from the wreck, while others stopped to film the crash with their phones.

Many were seen hauling away luggage from the burning plane as emergency crews arrived.

Josh Marcus reports the details:

Video shows terrified passengers fleeing Miami plane crash blaze

Red Air: A new airline heralded as tourism sector boost

Wednesday 22 June 2022 09:30 , Namita Singh

Red Air, the airline whose flight crashed on Tuesday, is based in the Dominican Republic and Venezuela. It has been conducting flights since late 2021.

The company began by flying charter flights between the Dominican Republic and Miami, and has authorisation for flights to Tampa, Florida; San José, Costa Rica; Medellín and Cartagena, Colombia; Panama; and Caracas, Venezuela.

A Red Air plane that caught fire on 21 June 2022 (AP)
A Red Air plane that caught fire on 21 June 2022 (AP)

Leaders in the Dominican Republic had celebrated the launch of the airline.

“With these flights, the country benefits from greater interconnection with the rest of the world. And of course, the tourism sector benefits directly, which is in its best moment, even surpassing pre-pandemic numbers,” president Luis Abinader said in December.

Flights at the Miami International Airport are running on schedule

Wednesday 22 June 2022 10:45 , Johanna Chisholm

After Miami International Airport closed two of its four runways following the 6pm crash on Tuesday of RED Air Flight 203 onto its runway, flights are now running on schedule, according to the airport’s spokesperson, Greg Chin.

Initially, the south Florida airport warned that there would be temporary delays, but according to the latest updates on their arrivals and departures website, flights inbound and outbound are landing and taking off on time.

Flights taking off and landing at the Miami International Airport are running on schedule (Miami International Airport website)
Flights taking off and landing at the Miami International Airport are running on schedule (Miami International Airport website)

Passenger onboard the crashed flight describes ‘frightening’ scene

Wednesday 22 June 2022 11:45 , Johanna Chisholm

A passenger who was onboard RED Air Flight 203 when it crashed at the Miami International Airport described a “frightening” scene to local news outlet the Miami Herald.

“People were very frightened,” said Mauricio Davis, who was returning from Venezuela and grabbed a connecting flight in Santo Domingo to Miami.

“People were grabbing the seats to keep from spinning around,” he added, noting that when the 126 passengers travelling onboard realised there was fire, they collectively began screaming with panic.

Read more from the Miami Herald here.

RED Air mechanic describes ‘shocking’ landing

Wednesday 22 June 2022 12:45 , Johanna Chisholm

A 36-year-old mechanic from RED Air interviewed by the Miami Herald provided his first impressions about the landing of the plane on Tuesday night, which he describes as being a “hard landing”.

Hector Dejesus, employed by the airline and a former Dominican military aviation mechanic, first told a reporter from the Florida-based outlet that he thought perhaps there was a pilot error in the landing.

“I suppose it was a hard landing. We do maintenance all the time. I suppose it was that,” he told the Miami Herald. “I’m in shock. I would see things like this in the air force.”

An investigation into the crash is being handled by the National Transportation Safety Board, who told reporters they’d be sending a team of investigators to the incident site on Wednesday.

What is the McDonnell Douglas MD-80, the airliner that crashed in Miami on Tuesday?

Wednesday 22 June 2022 13:45 , Johanna Chisholm

On Tuesday at approximately 6pm, a McDonnell Douglas MD-80 that had taken off from the Dominican Republic, the home base for the recently founded airlines RED Air, caught fire when its landing gear collapsed on the runway at Miami International Airport.

The McDonnell Douglas MD-80 is a mid-size, medium-range jet airliner and is manufactured by McDonnell Douglas. Since taking off in 1979, it has been used by dozens of airlines from around the world, with major customers including Delta Air Lines, Spirit Airlines, American Airlines, Alaska Airlines and Swissair.

American Airlines was the first major US carrier of the airliner and began by leasing 20 of the 142-seat aircraft from McDonnell Douglas in 1982. In the early 2000s, the airline announced that it would retire all of its MD-80s and replace them with the more fuel efficient Boeing 737-800s. The final American Airlines MD-80 flight flew on 4 September 2019.

As of May 2022, there were 148 MD-80 series aircrafts in service, with operators including USA Jet Airlines, who has a total of 18 of the airliners, and Canadian Airways Congo, who has two of the jets in service, among a number of other carriers with smaller fleets.

According to the Aviation Safety Network, the database has documented 88 occurences of accidents involving the McDonnell Douglas MD-80 since 1979, with 1,446 fatalities.

Watch: Red Air Flight 203 passenger shares footage of his escape

Wednesday 22 June 2022 14:45 , Johanna Chisholm

One of the passengers travelling on board Red Air Flight 203 from Santo Domingo to Miami on Tuesday night filmed the terrifying moments before he and other passengers made an emergency exit down the plane’s evacuation slide.

Paolo Delgado, who shared his cellphone footage with CBS Austin’s John-Carlos Estrada, can be seen fleeing the grounded plane while passengers ahead and behind him are heard hurriedly trying to get off the smoking airliner in a safe but rushed manner.

As Mr Delgado descends the emergency slide, a plume of black smoke can be seen wafting from the plane that he has just seconds ago escaped from.

Watch the full clip below:

It’s a miracle more people were not hurt in crash, says aviation expert

Wednesday 22 June 2022 15:05 , Oliver O'Connell

Weighing in on the crash at Miami International Airport, aviation expert Scott Harrington told CBS News that it is a miracle that more people were not hurt in the plane crash.

“Absolutely, it seemed like... again I’m not exactly sure of the specifics of this flight... but it seemed like the pilots did a good job to keep it all in one piece. To get it stopped so the plane could be stopped in a position so rescue equipment can access the airplane,” he said.

Pilots are trained to be calm in such situations, he added.

“We are just hyper-focused. Our brain goes into flight mode. We are focused on the problem, focused on taking care of the solution as much as we can. Sometimes if a mechanical part breaks, there’s really not a whole lot we can do.”

NTSB launch Miami crash probe as survivors speak out

Wednesday 22 June 2022 15:30 , Oliver O'Connell

Investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board are expected to arrive at Miami International Airport on Wednesday to begin their probe of a Red Air flight after its landing gear collapsed on the runway and caused it to crash.

NTSB is sending a team of investigators to Miami following today’s gear collapse and runway excursion of an MD-82 jetliner at Miami International Airport,” the investigative agency responsible for civil transportation accidents wrote on Tuesday night, just a few hours after the 5.40pm incident that sent RED Air Flight 203 into smoke.

Johanna Chisholm reports.

NTSB launch probe of Miami airport crash as survivors speak out

Wednesday 22 June 2022 15:46 , Oliver O'Connell

The Red Air plane that caught fire on Tuesday when its landing gear collapsed as it landed at Miami International Airport (AP)
The Red Air plane that caught fire on Tuesday when its landing gear collapsed as it landed at Miami International Airport (AP)

ICYMI: Video shows terrified passengers fleeing after the crash

Wednesday 22 June 2022 16:00 , Oliver O'Connell

Passengers screamed and fled from the scene of a flaming plane crash at the Miami International Airport, video shows.

Just before 5.40pm on Tuesday, a Red Air flight arriving from the Dominican Republic had a landing gear failure upon arrival, sending a jet with 126 people sliding across runway nine at MIA.

The craft quickly caught fire, sending passengers running from the grounded jet, which was inbound from Santo Domingo.Some were filmed hustling away from the wreck, while others stopped to film the crash with their phones.

Many were seen hauling away luggage from the burning plane as emergency crews arrived.

Josh Marcus reports the details:

Video shows terrified passengers fleeing Miami plane crash blaze

Red Air statement on the crash

Wednesday 22 June 2022 16:30 , Oliver O'Connell

Red Air released the following statement after Tuesday’s crash.

The airline RED Air informs the public that today, Tuesday, June 21, at 5.45pm, flight L5-203, which covered the route between the cities of Santo Domingo and Miami, presented technical difficulties after landing at the airport, Miami International Airport (MIA).

We would like to inform you that the 130 passengers and 10 crew members were evacuated and treated according to the established protocols and the due process applicable to these cases has been complied with.

Commissions of the Dominican Institute of Civil Aeronautics, together with the local authorities in the city of Miami, have initiated the pertinent investigations in order to determine the circumstances of the event.

At RED Air we express our absolute solidarity with the passengers and crew of the aircraft.

Red Air

Red Air: one of the region’s newest airlines

Wednesday 22 June 2022 17:00 , Oliver O'Connell

Red Air is one of the region’s newest airlines. The company, which is based in the Dominican Republic, launched in the fall of 2021 — looking to challenge other cut-rate airlines by offering relatively affordable flights between the US and the Caribbean country.

Abe Asher takes a look at the newcomer airline to the region’s aviation sector.

What is Red Air, the Dominican airline whose plane crash landed in Miami?

Watch: Red Air Flight 203 passenger shares footage of his escape

Wednesday 22 June 2022 17:30 , Oliver O'Connell

One of the passengers travelling on board Red Air Flight 203 from Santo Domingo to Miami on Tuesday afternoon filmed the terrifying moments before he and other passengers made an emergency exit down the plane’s evacuation slide.

Paolo Delgado, who shared his cellphone footage with CBS Austin’s John-Carlos Estrada, can be seen fleeing the grounded plane while passengers ahead and behind him are heard hurriedly trying to get off the smoking airliner.

As Mr Delgado descends the emergency slide, a plume of black smoke can be seen wafting from the plane that he has just seconds ago escaped from.

The footage shows some passengers had stopped to collect luggage including wheeled suitcases before exiting the aircraft, against rules about evacuating in an emergency.

Watch the full clip below:

Passenger onboard the crashed flight describes ‘frightening’ scene

Wednesday 22 June 2022 18:00 , Oliver O'Connell

A passenger who was onboard RED Air Flight 203 when it crashed at the Miami International Airport described a “frightening” scene to local news outlet the Miami Herald.

“People were very frightened,” said Mauricio Davis, who was returning from Venezuela and grabbed a connecting flight in Santo Domingo to Miami.

“People were grabbing the seats to keep from spinning around,” he added, noting that when the 126 passengers travelling onboard realised there was fire, they collectively began screaming with panic.

Read more from the Miami Herald here.

RED Air mechanic describes ‘shocking’ landing

Wednesday 22 June 2022 18:30 , Oliver O'Connell

A 36-year-old mechanic from RED Air interviewed by the Miami Herald provided his first impressions about the landing of the plane on Tuesday night, which he describes as being a “hard landing”.

Hector Dejesus, employed by the airline and a former Dominican military aviation mechanic, first told a reporter from the Florida-based outlet that he thought perhaps there was a pilot error in the landing.

“I suppose it was a hard landing. We do maintenance all the time. I suppose it was that,” he told the Miami Herald. “I’m in shock. I would see things like this in the air force.”

An investigation into the crash is being handled by the National Transportation Safety Board, who told reporters they’d be sending a team of investigators to the incident site on Wednesday.

What is the McDonnell Douglas MD-80, the airliner that crashed in Miami on Tuesday?

Wednesday 22 June 2022 19:00 , Oliver O'Connell

On Tuesday at approximately 6pm, a McDonnell Douglas MD-80 that had taken off from the Dominican Republic, the home base for the recently founded airlines RED Air, caught fire when its landing gear collapsed on the runway at Miami International Airport.

The McDonnell Douglas MD-80 is a mid-size, medium-range jet airliner and is manufactured by McDonnell Douglas. Since taking off in 1979, it has been used by dozens of airlines from around the world, with major customers including Delta Air Lines, Spirit Airlines, American Airlines, Alaska Airlines and Swissair.

American Airlines was the first major US carrier to use the airliner and began by leasing 20 of the 142-seat aircraft from McDonnell Douglas in 1982. In the early 2000s, the airline announced that it would retire all of its MD-80s and replace them with the more fuel efficient Boeing 737-800s. The final American Airlines MD-80 flight flew on 4 September 2019.

As of May 2022, there were 148 MD-80 series aircrafts in service, with operators including USA Jet Airlines, who has a total of 18 of the airliners, and Canadian Airways Congo, who has two of the jets in service, among a number of other carriers with smaller fleets.

According to the Aviation Safety Network, the database has documented 88 occurences of accidents involving the McDonnell Douglas MD-80 since 1979, with 1,446 fatalities.

Miami airport passenger posts video taxiing past wrecked plane

Wednesday 22 June 2022 19:30 , Oliver O'Connell

Twitter user @findmory posted a video of the Miami-Dade Fire Rescue response to the crashlanding of the Red Air flight from the Dominican Republic as his own flight taxied past the wreckage.

A great deal of damage can be seen to the nose of the aircraft from where it impacted the runway after the landing gear collapsed.

Miami mayor informed ‘tire burst’ and landing apparatus ‘destroyed'

Wednesday 22 June 2022 20:00 , Oliver O'Connell

Miami-Dade County mayor Daniella Levine Cava was briefed by fire and rescue services personnel after she arrived at the scene of the crash.

“Apparently a tire burst, and then it went back up and came back down, and the landing was so hard that the entire landing apparatus was destroyed and the belly of the plane is on the ground,” Ms Cava told media as she confirmed that three people were injured in the crash.

Pregnant woman among injured

Wednesday 22 June 2022 20:45 , Oliver O'Connell

Miami ABC affiliate Local 10 reports:

A total of seven people, including a pregnant woman, were injured Tuesday during a rough landing that caused a plane to catch fire at Miami International Airport, the airline confirmed on Wednesday.

According to a spokesperson for RED Air, five people have been released from the hospital and two others remained hospitalized Wednesday morning, including the pregnant woman, although they are expected to be released later in the day.

‘I thought I was going to die’

Wednesday 22 June 2022 21:30 , Oliver O'Connell

Passengers share the horrifying experience as they recounted the crash landing of their plane at Miami International Airport.

“I thought I was going to die,” Paola Garcia told 7 News. “All the windows were broken, and someone like, broke his leg and arm,” she said adding that she ran to the exit as soon as the plane came to a stop and made her way to the tarmac as black smoke billowed. “I started running and I jumped, and I thought it was going to explode.”

“I saw the fire, I saw the smoke. It was dark, actually,” said another fellow passenger Paolo Delgado. “Then there was like an apparent smell or something. People were like, screaming all around. I don’t know, like panic.”

NTSB launch Miami crash probe as survivors speak out

Wednesday 22 June 2022 22:15 , Oliver O'Connell

Investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board are expected to arrive at Miami International Airport on Wednesday to begin their probe of a Red Air flight after its landing gear collapsed on the runway and caused it to crash.

NTSB is sending a team of investigators to Miami following today’s gear collapse and runway excursion of an MD-82 jetliner at Miami International Airport,” the investigative agency responsible for civil transportation accidents wrote on Tuesday night, just a few hours after the 5.40pm incident that sent RED Air Flight 203 into smoke.

Johanna Chisholm reports.

NTSB launch probe of Miami airport crash as survivors speak out

Recap: What is Red Air?

Wednesday 22 June 2022 23:15 , Oliver O'Connell

A plane carrying 126 passengers caught fire when its landing gear failed at Miami International Airport on Tuesday, leaving passengers fleeing from the aircraft and many observers wondering about the airline that was operating the flight.

Red Air is one of the region’s newest airlines. The company, which is based in the Dominican Republic, launched in the fall of 2021 — looking to challenge other cut-rate airlines by offering relatively affordable flights between the US and the Caribbean country.

Abe Asher reports.

What is Red Air, the Dominican airline whose plane crash landed in Miami?

Panic as fire breaks out when plane landing gear breaks on touchdown in Miami

Thursday 23 June 2022 00:30 , Oliver O'Connell

A plane carrying 126 people caught fire when its landing gear collapsed on the runway at Miami International Airport, according to officials.

The dramatic incident took place when a Red Air flight arrived from Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, said Miami-Dade Aviation Department spokesman Greg Chin.

Authorities said three people received minor injuries and were taken to the hospital for treatment. The remaining passengers were bussed from the site of the accident to the terminal.

Graeme Massie reports:

Plane carrying 126 people catches fire after landing gear collapses on Miami runway

Video shows terrified passengers fleeing Miami plane

Thursday 23 June 2022 02:00 , Oliver O'Connell

Passengers screamed and fled from the scene of a flaming plane crash at the Miami International Airport, video shows.

Just before 5.40pm on Tuesday, a Red Air flight arriving from the Dominican Republic had a landing gear failure upon arrival, sending a jet with 126 people sliding across runway nine at MIA.

The craft quickly caught fire, sending passengers running from the grounded jet, which was inbound from Santo Domingo.

Video shows terrified passengers fleeing Miami plane crash blaze

Watch: Red Air Flight 203 passenger shares footage of his escape

Thursday 23 June 2022 03:30 , Oliver O'Connell

One of the passengers travelling on board Red Air Flight 203 from Santo Domingo to Miami on Tuesday afternoon filmed the terrifying moments before he and other passengers made an emergency exit down the plane’s evacuation slide.

Paolo Delgado, who shared his cellphone footage with CBS Austin’s John-Carlos Estrada, can be seen fleeing the grounded plane while passengers ahead and behind him are heard hurriedly trying to get off the smoking airliner.

As Mr Delgado descends the emergency slide, a plume of black smoke can be seen wafting from the plane that he has just seconds ago escaped from.

The footage shows some passengers had stopped to collect luggage including wheeled suitcases before exiting the aircraft, against rules about evacuating in an emergency.

Watch the full clip below:

Passenger onboard the crashed flight describes ‘frightening’ scene

Thursday 23 June 2022 05:01 , Oliver O'Connell

A passenger who was onboard RED Air Flight 203 when it crashed at the Miami International Airport described a “frightening” scene to local news outlet the Miami Herald.

“People were very frightened,” said Mauricio Davis, who was returning from Venezuela and grabbed a connecting flight in Santo Domingo to Miami.

“People were grabbing the seats to keep from spinning around,” he added, noting that when the 126 passengers travelling onboard realised there was fire, they collectively began screaming with panic.

Read more from the Miami Herald here.

RED Air mechanic describes ‘shocking’ landing

Thursday 23 June 2022 07:00 , Oliver O'Connell

A 36-year-old mechanic from RED Air interviewed by the Miami Herald provided his first impressions about the landing of the plane on Tuesday night, which he describes as being a “hard landing”.

Hector Dejesus, employed by the airline and a former Dominican military aviation mechanic, first told a reporter from the Florida-based outlet that he thought perhaps there was a pilot error in the landing.

“I suppose it was a hard landing. We do maintenance all the time. I suppose it was that,” he told the Miami Herald. “I’m in shock. I would see things like this in the air force.”

An investigation into the crash is being handled by the National Transportation Safety Board, who told reporters they’d be sending a team of investigators to the incident site on Wednesday.

Live webcam stream captures the plane crash

Thursday 23 June 2022 08:12 , Namita Singh

A live streaming webcam captured the moments when a jetliner from Red Air Flight crash-landed and caught fire on a Miami International Airport runway on Tuesday.

PTZtv’s Miami Airport Cam showed the plane skidding through the tarmac before coming to stop in the grassy area.

First responders from the Miami-Dade Fire Rescue could be seen reaching the site of the crash as soon as the plane, carrying 126 passengers, came to a halt.

In the video shared with CBS News, at least three fire service units were seen approaching the Red Air flight as black smoke from the fire billowed into the sky.

Read the details in this report:

Live webcam stream captures Miami plane crash

Passengers flee from plane after it catches fire at Miami airport

Thursday 23 June 2022 09:00 , Oliver O'Connell

A plane carrying 126 people caught fire after a landing gear failure caused it to slide across a runway at Miami International Airport on Tuesday evening (21 June).

Passengers flee from plane after it catches fire at Miami airport

Miami mayor informed ‘tire burst’ and landing apparatus ‘destroyed’

Thursday 23 June 2022 10:30 , Oliver O'Connell

Miami-Dade County mayor Daniella Levine Cava was briefed by fire and rescue services personnel after she arrived at the scene of the crash.

“Apparently a tire burst, and then it went back up and came back down, and the landing was so hard that the entire landing apparatus was destroyed and the belly of the plane is on the ground,” Ms Cava told media as she confirmed that three people were injured in the crash.

Pregnant woman among injured

Thursday 23 June 2022 12:00 , Oliver O'Connell

Miami ABC affiliate Local 10 reports:

A total of seven people, including a pregnant woman, were injured Tuesday during a rough landing that caused a plane to catch fire at Miami International Airport, the airline confirmed on Wednesday.

According to a spokesperson for RED Air, five people have been released from the hospital and two others remained hospitalized Wednesday morning, including the pregnant woman, although they are expected to be released later in the day.

Miami airport passenger posts video taxiing past wrecked plane

Thursday 23 June 2022 12:45 , Oliver O'Connell

Twitter user @findmory posted a video of the Miami-Dade Fire Rescue response to the crashlanding of the Red Air flight from the Dominican Republic as his own flight taxied past the wreckage.

A great deal of damage can be seen to the nose of the aircraft from where it impacted the runway after the landing gear collapsed.

Webcam captured moment plane crashed

Thursday 23 June 2022 13:30 , Gino Spocchia

A webcam that was live at the time of the Miami plane crash captured the moment when a RED Air aircraft crash-landed and caught fire on a Miami International Airportrunway on Tuesday.

PTZtv’s Miami Airport Cam showed the plane skidding through the tarmac before coming to stop in the grassy area, as Namita Singh reports:

Live webcam stream captures Miami plane crash

It’s a miracle more people were not hurt in crash, says aviation expert

Thursday 23 June 2022 14:00 , Oliver O'Connell

Weighing in on the crash at Miami International Airport, aviation expert Scott Harrington told CBS News that it is a miracle that more people were not hurt in the plane crash.

“Absolutely, it seemed like... again I’m not exactly sure of the specifics of this flight... but it seemed like the pilots did a good job to keep it all in one piece. To get it stopped so the plane could be stopped in a position so rescue equipment can access the airplane,” he said.

Pilots are trained to be calm in such situations, he added.

“We are just hyper-focused. Our brain goes into flight mode. We are focused on the problem, focused on taking care of the solution as much as we can. Sometimes if a mechanical part breaks, there’s really not a whole lot we can do.”

Pregnant woman among seven injured

Thursday 23 June 2022 14:30 , Gino Spocchia

Seven people were injured in the crash-landing at Miami International Airport, a spokesperson for Red Air Flight told Local10 News in a statement on Wednesday.

The number is four more than Miami-Dade aviation department spokesperson Greg Chin confirmed to reporters in the aftermath of the crash on Tuesday.

Red Air said while five of the people who were hospitalised by the crash had been released, two others – including a pregnant woman – were expected to be released either on Wednesday evening or Thursday.

‘I thought I was going to die’

Thursday 23 June 2022 15:00 , Oliver O’Connell

Passengers share the horrifying experience as they recounted the crash landing of their plane at Miami International Airport.

“I thought I was going to die,” Paola Garcia told 7 News. “All the windows were broken, and someone like, broke his leg and arm,” she said adding that she ran to the exit as soon as the plane came to a stop and made her way to the tarmac as black smoke billowed. “I started running and I jumped, and I thought it was going to explode.”

“I saw the fire, I saw the smoke. It was dark, actually,” said another fellow passenger Paolo Delgado. “Then there was like an apparent smell or something. People were like, screaming all around. I don’t know, like panic.”

NTSB launches Miami crash probe as survivors speak out

Thursday 23 June 2022 15:30 , Oliver O’Connell

Investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board were expected to arrive at Miami International Airport on Wednesday to begin their probe of a Red Air flight after its landing gear collapsed on the runway and caused it to crash.

NTSB is sending a team of investigators to Miami following today’s gear collapse and runway excursion of an MD-82 jetliner at Miami International Airport,” the investigative agency responsible for civil transportation accidents wrote on Tuesday night, just a few hours after the 5.40pm incident that sent RED Air Flight 203 into smoke.

Johanna Chisholm reports:

NTSB launch probe of Miami airport crash as survivors speak out

Plane model stopped being made in 1999

Thursday 23 June 2022 16:00 , Gino Spocchia

The RED Air flight that crashed in Miami on Tuesday was previously owned by the Caracas, Venezuela-based LASER Airlines, reports said.

The McDonnell Douglas aircraft was a line of planes manufactured up until in 1999, by which time the company had ceased to be the leading US aerospace manufacturer.

Delta Airlines stopped flying McDonnell Douglas planes in June 2020, though the carrier at that point retained a fleet of aircraft designed by McDonnell Douglas in the ‘90s, it was reported.

Webcam showed five fire service units

Thursday 23 June 2022 16:30 , Gino Spocchia

The webcam video showing the RED Air crash showed three fire service units approaching the crashed aircraft and black smoke from the fire billowed into the sky.

The edited 2 minutes and 12 seconds long video, which was shared with CBS News, ended with a fire fighting unit standing beside the wreckage of Red Air Flight 203, with that side blackened from the crash.

As Namita Singh reports, the plane remains on the runway almost a day after the incident, which sent more than a hundred passengers fleeing from the smoking airliner’s cabin:

Live webcam stream captures Miami plane crash

NTSB still to complete crash site investigation

Thursday 23 June 2022 17:00 , Gino Spocchia

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has said in an update of its investigation into the Red Air flight crash that there were 130 passengers and 10 crewmembers on board the aircraft.

The flight experienced “gear collapse and runway excursion accident” followed by a fire, the NTSB said on Wednesday.

The agency said despite a fire engulfing part of the plane, investigators were able to retrieve the voice recorder and the flight data recorder.

“Once the airplane is defueled and NTSB investigators have completed the site documentation, the airplane will to be moved to another location for further examination,” the agency added.

What is RED Air? The airline involved in the crash

Thursday 23 June 2022 17:30 , Gino Spocchia

RED Air is a young airline that launched in the Dominican Republic in late 2021 — looking to challenge other budget airlines between the US and the Caribbean.

Traveling Lifestyle reported on Tuesday that the company had just added 20 weekly flights to the US as parts of its 2022 growth strategy, as Abe Asher reported:

What is Red Air, the Dominican airline whose plane crash landed in Miami?

Passengers fled plane after crash landing

Thursday 23 June 2022 18:00 , Gino Spocchia

Passengers on the RED Air flight which crash landed in Miami on Tuesday after flying from the Dominican Republic were seen running away from the aircraft after it burst into flames.

Miami-Dade Fire Rescue said the fire under was brought under control following the crash and mitigated fuel spillage.

Passengers flee from plane after it catches fire at Miami airport

Watch: The moment a RED Air passenger escapes

Thursday 23 June 2022 18:30 , Gino Spocchia

Paolo Delgado, who shared his cellphone footage with CBS Austin’s John-Carlos Estrada, can be seen fleeing the aircraft after it crashed with 130 passengers and 10 crew members on Tuesday,

A plume of black smoke can be seen wafting from the plane as Mr Delgado and others – some of whom escaped with their cabin luggage – run.

Watch the full clip below:

Passenger onboard the crashed flight describes ‘frightening’ scene

Thursday 23 June 2022 19:00 , Gino Spocchia

A passenger who was onboard RED Air flight when it crashed on Tuesday described a “frightening” scene to local news outlet the Miami Herald.

“People were very frightened,” said Mauricio Davis, who was returning from Venezuela and grabbed a connecting flight in the Dominican Republic to Miami.

“People were grabbing the seats to keep from spinning around,” he added, noting that when the 126 passengers travelling onboard realised there was fire, they collectively began screaming with panic.

Foam used to extinguish fire

Thursday 23 June 2022 19:30 , Gino Spocchia

The Miami-Dade Fire Rescue department said its foam trucks were deployed on Tuesday to bring the blaze under control after RED Air flight 203 crash-landed.

Foam is typically used for airport fires became it works well on combustible materials like oil and fuel, which was burring after the crash.

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