Plane tears through communications tower and bursts into flames after crash landing at Miami airport

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Dominican airline plane tears through communications tower and bursts into flames after crash landing at Miami airport when landing gear fails: three rushed to hospital

  • Footage taken from the runway showed the nose of the silver jet shattered into pieces as black smoke billowed from a fire burning on its left wing
  • Other footage showed the plane belly-skiing down the runway and then colliding with the tower which exploded into flames
  • The plane landed at 5:38 p.m. Fire crews were dispatched at 5:39 p.m., WPLG reported

A Dominican airline plane carrying more than 100 passengers crashed at Miami airport after its landing gear failed during landing.

The plane tore through a small building and a communications tower while belly skidding on the tarmac before bursting into flames.

Three people were taken to hospital after the accident. The plane was carrying 126 passengers and 11 crew members.

The Federal Aviation Administration said the plane’s landing gear collapsed. He was part of a fleet of Red Air, a discount airline founded last year in the Dominican Republic.

Footage taken from the runway showed the nose of the silver jet shattered into pieces as black smoke billowed from a fire burning on its left wing

Other footage showed the plane belly-skiing down the runway and then colliding with the tower which exploded into flames

Other footage showed the plane belly-skiing down the runway and then colliding with the tower which exploded into flames

The communications network the plane slipped into can be seen wrapped around its right wing

The communications network the plane slipped into can be seen wrapped around its right wing

“I thought I was going to die, actually,” said Paola Garcia CBSMiami. “There was an old man next to me and I was hugging him. It was horrible.’

“We were bumping from side to side and all the windows were breaking and then everything was fine. Then people start running and running and I like to jump and start running because there was fire and stuff.

Footage taken from the runway showed the silver jet’s nose shattered into pieces as black smoke billowed from a burning fire on its left wing.

The mangled metal of the communications tower could be seen wrapped around the burning wing.

Passengers could be seen frantically exiting the fuselage, screaming as they fled the wreckage.

Other footage showed the plane skidding on its belly on the runway and then colliding with the tower which exploded into flames.

The nose of the RED Air wash jet broke when its landing gear failed on touchdown.

The nose of the RED Air wash jet broke when its landing gear failed on touchdown.

Passengers could be seen frantically exiting the fuselage, screaming as they fled the wreckage

Passengers could be seen frantically exiting the fuselage, screaming as they fled the wreckage

Passenger Balo Delgado said the panic was quickly replaced by comfort at seeing the fire crews at work.

“Panic, almost panic. it was a terrible experience, actually, but like I said, I feel safe,’ he told CBS Miami, ‘It happened like a minute and then you could see all the officers by the window doing their job.’

Firefighters quickly arrived on the scene, dousing the burning wing with fire retardant foam.

The plane was part of the RED Air fleet and had arrived in Miami from the Dominican Republic.

The plane landed at 5:38 p.m. Firefighters were dispatched at 5:39 p.m. WPLG reported.

A Miami airport spokesperson said flights were delayed due to the crash.

Firefighters douse the burning airliner with fire retardant foam after it came to rest on the runway

Firefighters douse the burning airliner with fire retardant foam after it came to rest on the runway

Fire crews attended to the crashed airliner that caught fire at Miami airport on Tuesday night

Fire crews attended to the crashed airliner that caught fire at Miami airport on Tuesday night

The plane landed at 5:38 p.m.  Fire crews were dispatched at 5:39 p.m., WPLG reported

The plane landed at 5:38 p.m. Fire crews were dispatched at 5:39 p.m., WPLG reported

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