Miami: 3 hospitalized after commercial plane landing gear collapsed at Miami International Airport, causing small fire

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) and Dominican Republic-based airline Red Air said there were 130 passengers and 10 crew members on the flight from Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. Several people were injured, the NTSB added.

In an update following its first day of investigating the crash, the NTSB said it was the left main landing gear that collapsed during landing, sending the plane into an area grassy.

“A post-crash fire on the right side of the aircraft followed the runway excursion,” he said.

The NTSB has recovered the cockpit voice recorder and flight data recorder, known as the black box, and will transport them this week to an NTSB lab in Washington, DC. Investigators will also gain access to the interior of the plane once it has been emptied of fuel and the plane will then be moved to another location for further examinations, the agency added.

“I thought I was going to die”

Airport spokesman Greg Chin told CNN that three people were taken to hospital with minor injuries. They have since been treated and released, Jackson Health System said Wednesday.

“The plane was like jumping and jumping and jumping,” passenger Paola Garcia told CNN affiliate WSVN.

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

Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava was landing on a flight from Philadelphia at the time, according to WSVN, and went to investigate.

“Apparently a tire burst, then it went up and down, and the landing was so hard that the whole landing gear was destroyed and the belly of the plane is on the ground,” Levine Cava said. .

“What happened here is a miracle,” she said.

The mayor’s account could not immediately be confirmed.

Miami International Airport tweeted that the landing gear in the nose of the plane collapsed.

When firefighters arrived on the scene, they saw the plane’s wing was on fire, said Miami-Dade Fire and Rescue spokeswoman Erika Benitez.

Crews used specialized foam trucks and searched to ensure all passengers were off the plane.

Crews also worked to mitigate fuel spills, Miami-Dade Fire and Rescue said.

The airline said the plane “encountered technical difficulties after landing at Miami International Airport (MIA)”, but did not provide further details on the incident.

“We at RED Air express our absolute solidarity with the passengers and crew of the aircraft,” the company said in the statement.

The Dominican Civil Aviation Institute is also investigating the incident and working with Miami authorities, Red Air said.

CNN’s Abel Alvarado and Theresa Waldrop contributed to this report.