Recent Miami crash: Aviation expert says ‘more won’t hurt miracle’ as low-cost airline achieves NTSB

Plane emergency at Miami International Airport

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

Miami-Dade Aviation Department spokesman Greg Chen said the dramatic crash occurred when a Red Air plane arrived from Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.

Three people were slightly injured and taken to hospital for treatment, while the remaining passengers were transported by buses from the scene of the accident to the terminal.

The plane was coming from Santo Domingo around 5:30 p.m. when the accident occurred.

He appeared to be resting near a grassy area on the side of the runway.

Airport officials said some flights were delayed due to the fire.


A Red Air plane caught fire on Tuesday when its landing gear collapsed as it landed at Miami International Airport


Oliver O’ConnellJune 22 2022 15:46


NTSB launches Miami crash probe as survivors speak

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

“The NTSB is sending a team of investigators to Miami after today’s equipment failure and a runway flight of an MD-82 jet at Miami International Airport,” the Civil Transportation Accident Investigation Agency wrote Tuesday evening, a few hours after 5.40 p.m. The accident that caused smoke to explode on RED Air Flight 203.

Joanna Chisholm reports.

Oliver O’ConnellJune 22 2022 15:30


It’s a miracle, says an aviation expert, that more people weren’t hurt in a crash

It’s a miracle that no more people were injured in the crash, aviation expert Scott Harrington told CBS News as he weighed the crash at Miami International Airport.

“Sure, it looked like I…again I am not entirely sure about the specifics of this flight…but the pilots seemed to have done a good job of keeping it all in one piece. To stop it so the plane could be parked in a position to allow the rescue equipment to reach the plane.”

He added that pilots are trained to remain calm in such situations.

“We’re just super focused. Our brain goes into flight mode. We focus on the problem, we focus on paying attention to the solution as much as we can. Sometimes if a mechanical part breaks, there’s not much we can do.”

Oliver O’ConnellJun 22 2022 15:05


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

A passenger aboard Red Air Flight 203 from Santo Domingo to Miami on Tuesday night filmed the terrifying moments before he and other emergency passengers climbed out of the plane’s evacuation slide.

Paulo Delgado, who shared his mobile phone footage with John Carlos Estrada on CBS Austin, can be seen fleeing the wrecked plane while passengers in front and behind him can be heard hurriedly trying to get off the smoking plane in a safe but hasty manner.

As Mr. Delgado descends from the emergency slide, a plume of black smoke can be seen rising from the plane from which he escaped just seconds before.

Watch the full clip below:

Joanna ChisholmJune 22 2022 14:45


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

At about 6 p.m., a McDonnell Douglas MD-80 taking off from the Dominican Republic, the home base of recently founded RED Air, caught fire when its landing gear collapsed on the runway of Miami International Airport.

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

American Airlines was the first major American airline for a passenger airliner and began leasing 20 of its 142-seat McDonnell Douglas aircraft in 1982. In the early 2000s, the airline announced that it would recall and replace all of its MD-80s. The Boeing 737-800 was the most fuel efficient. The last flight of American Airlines MD-80 flew on September 4, 2019.

As of May 2022, 148 MD-80 series aircraft were in service, with operators including USA Jet Airlines, which has a total of 18 aircraft, and Canadian Airways Congo, which has two aircraft in service, among a number. From other carriers with smaller fleets.

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

Joanna ChisholmJune 22 2022 13:45


RED Air mechanic describes ‘shocking’ landing

A 36-year-old mechanic from RED Air gave an interview to the Miami Herald his first impressions of the plane’s landing Tuesday night, which he described as a “hard landing.”

Hector DeJesus, who works for the airline and a former Dominican military flight mechanic, told a reporter from a Florida-based outlet that he thought there might have been a pilot error in the landing.

“I think it was a hard landing. We do maintenance all the time. He told the newspaper Miami Herald. “I am in shock. I used to see things like this in the Air Force.”

The accident is being investigated by the National Transportation Safety Board, which told reporters they would send a team of investigators to the crash site on Wednesday.

Joanna ChisholmJune 22 2022 12:45


Passenger on wrecked flight describes ‘scary’ scene

A passenger aboard RED Air Flight 203 as it crashed at Miami International Airport described a “scary” scene to local news outlets. Miami Herald.

“People were very scared,” said Mauricio Davies, who was returning from Venezuela and taking a connecting flight in Santo Domingo to Miami.

“People were holding on to the seats to prevent them from turning,” he added, noting that when the 126 passengers on board realized there was a fire, they collectively began screaming in panic.

Read more from Miami Herald over here.

Joanna ChisholmJune 22 2022 11:45


Flights at Miami International Airport are on schedule

After Miami International Airport closed two of its four runways in the wake of RED Air Flight 203’s 6 p.m. crash Tuesday on its runway, flights are now running on schedule, according to airport spokesperson Greg Chen.

Initially, South Florida Airport was warned that there would be temporary delays, but according to the latest updates on the arrivals and departures website, domestic and outbound flights are landing and taking off on time.

Flights that take off and land at Miami International Airport are on schedule

(Miami International Airport website)

Joanna ChisholmJune 22 2022 10:45


Red Air: A new airline heralds a boost in the tourism sector

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

The company started with charter flights between the Dominican Republic and Miami, and has a license for flights to Tampa, Florida; San Jose, Costa Rica; Medellin and Cartagena, Colombia; Panama; and Caracas, Venezuela.

A Red Air plane caught fire on June 21, 2022


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

With these flights, the country benefits from increased connectivity with the rest of the world. Of course, the tourism sector is directly benefiting, and it is at its best moment, even exceeding pre-pandemic figures,” President Luis Abenader said in December.

Namita SinghJune 22 2022 09:30


ICYMI: Video shows passengers fleeing after the accident

Just before 5.40pm on Tuesday, a Red Air flight from the Dominican Republic experienced a landing gear failure on arrival, causing a plane carrying 126 people to skid across runway 9 at MIA.

The vehicle soon caught fire, causing the passengers to escape from the parked plane, which was heading from Santo Domingo, some were filmed moving away from the wreckage, while others stopped to film the crash with their phones.

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

Josh Marcus Detail reports:

Namita SinghJune 22 2022 08:27

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