At least three people have been hospitalized after an airplane caught fire when it landed at Miami International Airport on Tuesday, June 21.
The Red Air flight from the Dominican Republic touched down at the airport at about 5:30 p.m. and tore through a communications tower and a small building before stopping in a grassy area beside the runway, local outlet WSVN reported.The landing gear on the plane malfunctioned and fell off during the landing, officials said.
The plane was carrying 126 passengers and 11 crew members at the time of the crash.
Parts of the smashed-up communications tower could be seen on the plane’s right wing, which caught fire.
Three people were injured and taken to local hospitals, according to Miami-Dade Fire Rescue.
A video shared online shows passengers screaming in terror as they rushed out of the burning plane.
“What happened here is a miracle,” said Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava, who had landed at the airport on a separate flight.
“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.”
One passenger, Paola Garcia, told the station “I thought I was going to die.
“All the windows were broken, and someone, like, broke his leg and arm. Horrible. The plane was like jumping and jumping and jumping.”
He added: “I started running and I jumped, and I thought it was going to explode.”
Another passenger, Paolo Delgado, said he saw the fire and the smoke before he said he started to smell something.
“People were like, screaming all around. I don’t know, like panic,” said Delgado.
The National Transit Safety Board said it will be at the airport Wednesday morning.