American investigators are due to arrive Wednesday at Miami airport (southeast) where a Red Air plane landed on Tuesday with a landing gear problem, causing a fire and the evacuation of more than 120 people, three of whom were injured.
Images relayed by American media show the plane, a McDonnell Douglas which came from the Dominican Republic, across the tarmac, half in the grass, the nose shattered, while the passengers left the cabin hastily on one side, black smoke being visible from the other.
The United States Transportation Safety Agency, the NTSB, “sends a team of investigators to Miami after the landing gear collapsed and the runway excursion of an MD-82 aircraft at Miami International Airport today“, she tweeted on Tuesday.
“The nose landing gear collapsed, which appears to have caused the fire“, said the airport in a tweet.
“Three patients were transported to nearby hospitals“, announced the firefighters of Miami. They specify that they have “controlled the fire and limited the fuel leak.”
Flight L5-203″experienced technical difficulties” upon landing around 5:45 p.m. local time (21:45 GMT), said Red Air, a small low-cost airline based in the Dominican Republic and launched in November, on Twitter.
It specifies that 130 passengers and 10 crew members were evacuated from the aircraft.