Plane bursts into flames in Miami – crash landing horror ’caused by faulty landing gear’
The plane was arriving from the Dominican Republic when the landing gear reportedly failed, causing the plane to catch fire as it hit the runway at Miami International Airport
Dramatic footage shows a plane bursting into flames at Miami International Airport as it arrives to land.
The plane, which social media users said was arriving from Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic, reportedly had a malfunctioning landing gear that led to a crash landing, but this has not been confirmed.
The terrifying scene shows the firefighters moving quickly to fight the blaze by dousing the plane with foam.
After landing, the plane reportedly struck a transmission tower and a small building before eventually landing on a lawn.
Initial reports on Twitter suggested the flight’s passengers were able to exit the plane safely, with only a handful suffering minor injuries.
It is not clear whether the landing gear problem occurred in flight or when the plane landed.
US-based journalist Moshe Schwartz said on Twitter: “Reports of a plane arriving at Miami International Airport from Santo Domingo caught fire after its landing gear collapsed.
“Four people have reportedly suffered minor injuries after the landing gear of Red Air’s civilian plane collapsed and a fire broke out. There were 126 people on board, including 11 crew members.”
Twitter user @Duardy_Estrella shared images and videos of the scene and said: “They told me that this plane carrying Dominicans and Venezuelans landed in Miami in an emergency.
“Apparently it had problems with the landing gear and landed on its underside. All safe, I’m told!”
The flight, reportedly Red Air Flight 203, made the forced landing around 5:30 p.m. local time on Tuesday.
The incident has resulted in the closure of runways 9 and 12 at the airport, affecting other flights.
Red Air is a Dominican-Venezuelan company and was only founded in December last year.
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