Plane catches fire after landing at Miami airport, 3 injured

Video shows a plane at Miami International Airport after making an emergency landing, in this screenshot obtained by Reuters from a social media video, June 21, 2022.

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An airliner carrying 126 people caught fire after landing at Miami International Airport on Tuesday when the nose landing gear collapsed, but no serious injuries were reported, authorities said.

The fire followed the collapse of this landing gear on a Red Air flight from Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, Miami-Dade Aviation Department spokesman Greg Chin said. in an email to The Associated Press.

The MD-82 jetliner was carrying 126 people, and three of them were taken to hospital for minor injuries, he added. Other passengers were bussed from the plane to the terminal.

Miami-Dade Fire Rescue posted on Twitter that firefighters had brought the fire under control and were mitigating the fuel spill.

Television news footage showed the plane appeared to have come to rest in the grass next to a runway and the plane and an area around it were apparently sprayed with white firefighting chemicals. At least three fire engines were positioned nearby.

The airport experienced flight delays on Tuesday evening, airport officials said in a tweet, adding that passengers were instructed to check with airlines for details. The tweet added that the collapse of the nose landing gear in the plane’s nose appeared to be the cause of the fire.

The National Transportation Safety Board job that a team would arrive at the airport by Wednesday to investigate the fire.