MD-82 catches fire after crash landing in Miami

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A Red Air McDonnell Douglas MD-82 with 140 people onboard caught fire after its gear collapsed while landing at Miami International Airport (MIA). 

The aircraft, registered as HI1064, was conducting flight L5203 from Santo Domingo (SDQ) to MIA. According to Flightradar24 data, it landed on 17:38 GMT (5:38 PM EDT) on June 21, 2022.  

A statement by Red Air said the aircraft carried 130 passengers and 10 cabin crew. 

According to CBS Miami, three people have been hospitalized after the crash, while earlier reports indicate at least four people being injured. The cause of the accident is being investigated, the US National Transportation Safety board said in a statement. 

Red Air is a Dominican Republic-based airline established in 2020. According to Planespotters data, it operates three MD-82s (including the damaged HI1064) and one MD-81. The airline flies exclusively between its base at SDQ and MIA.  

The MD-82 involved in the incident was 31 years old, originally delivered to American Airlines (A1G) (AAL) in 1990. Red Air acquired it in 2021 from Venezuela’s LASER Airlines. 

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