A McDonnell Douglas MD-82 from a Dominican discount airline crashed landed at Miami International Airport yesterday, then burst into flames. Three passengers onboard were injured and the aircraft is now permanently out of service.
RED Air MD-82 Crash In Miami: What We Know So Far
RED Air flight L5203 was operating from Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic (SDQ) to Miami (MIA) on June 21, 2022. The 848-mile flight left SDQ on time, but a landing gear malfunction led to the aircraft scraping the south runway upon landing, then veering off it, where the plane caught fire. The MD-82 once flew for American Airlines and was 32 years old.
Passengers quickly evacuated (and of course, some took their belongings with them, with some even filming their emergency evacuation) and fire crews showed up shortly thereafter, dousing the aircraft in foam and extinguishing the fire. Billows of smoke rising from the aircraft could be seen for miles around.
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130 passengers and 10 crewmembers were reportedly onboard. Only three. minor injuries occurred, with those passengers taken to a local hospital.
The carrier surprisingly allowed one of it mechanics, Hector Dejesus, to speak to the Miami Herald, who seemed to suggest that pilot was error was the reason for crash landing and fire.
“I suppose it was a hard landing. We do maintenance all the time. I suppose it was that. I’m in shock. I would see things like this in the air force.”
No updates have been provided on the company’s official Twitter or Facebook pages or the company website.
RED Air is a joint venture between Venezuela and the Dominican Republican that only offers service between SDQ and MIA but helps Venezuelans reach the USA by offering timed connections in cooperation with Caracas-based LASER Airlines.
The NTSB is now investigating.
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. Investigators will arrive on scene tomorrow.
— NTSB Newsroom (@NTSB_Newsroom) June 21, 2022
We are still piecing together the details, but it appears a RED Air MD-82 crash landed with a belly scrape at Miami then caught fire. All passengers are safe, with only three sustaining minor injuries, but the aircraft is no longer airworthy.