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A plane at Miami International Airport after an emergency landing. Photo: Reuters

A plane at Miami International Airport after an emergency landing. Photo: Reuters

Emergency services respond to a plane at Miami International Airport after an emergency landing. Photo: @cmpruns/via Reuters

Emergency services respond to a plane at Miami International Airport after an emergency landing. Photo: @cmpruns/via Reuters

Miami-Dade Fire Rescue crews works at the scene of an aircraft fire at Miami International Airport. Photo: Miami-Dade Fire Rescue/AP

Miami-Dade Fire Rescue crews works at the scene of an aircraft fire at Miami International Airport. Photo: Miami-Dade Fire Rescue/AP

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A plane at Miami International Airport after an emergency landing. Photo: Reuters

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

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

Three people received minor injuries and were taken to hospital for treatment, while the remaining passengers were bussed from the site of the accident to the terminal.

The plane was arriving from Santo Domingo around 5.30pm when the incident took place.

It appeared to have come to rest near a grassy area by the side of the runway.

Some flights were delayed due to the fire, airport officials said.

According to CNN affiliate WSVN, when the airliner’s landing gear had failed, it began to skid across the runway and collided with several objects in its path before veering off between the taxiway and the runway.

The plane managed to take out a small building in the area and a crane tower, which was later seen wrapped around the aircraft’s smoking right wing.

Terrified passengers spoke with the news outlet and described how they began thinking they were “going to die” in the harrowing moments inside the plane leading up to the abrupt crash.

“This could be my last time, and then I just went down,” said one passenger in an interview with WSVN.

Another, Paola Garcia, said: “I thought I was going to die.”

“All the windows were broken, and someone like, broke his leg and arm. Horrible.”

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A 36-year-old mechanic from RED Air offered his first impressions about the crash which he described as being a “hard landing”. Hector Dejesus is employed by the airline and a former Dominican military aviation mechanic. 

“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.”

The Federal Aviation Administration is also assisting in the investigation of the plane’s failed landing gears.


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