Airplane Crash Leads To Hospitalizations

(PresidentialInsider.com)- Three passengers were rushed to the hospital on Tuesday with non-life-threatening injuries when part of an airliner caught fire during landing at Miami International Airport.

According to airport officials, Red Air Flight 203 from Santo Domingo landed around 5:30 p.m. with the collapsed landing gear. Miami-Dade Fire Rescue extinguished the resulting fire.

One hundred and twenty-six people were on board the aircraft, a McDonnell Douglas MD-82. Greg Chin, the airport’s communications director, told AP that all passengers were safely bused to the terminal. Three injured persons were sent to hospitals.

CNN says two aircraft were delayed near where the Red Air jet landed. Passengers at the airport were told to call their airlines for flight status updates.

A tweet from the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) said investigators would arrive on Wednesday.

A 19-year-old Doral lady on board said that when the landing gear on the plane’s nose collapsed, she momentarily thought about dying in the incident.

Paola Garcia said she was seated in seat 27-D near an emergency door. She claims that no one gave her any notice, and she was taken off guard as the plane made a bumpy landing at Miami International Airport.

She observed fire and smoke coming from the aircraft when it began skidding down the runway. The plane was carrying ten crew members and 130 passengers.

It was awful, she declared. “When I started crying, I had trouble breathing and contacted my father. Breathe, breathe, breathe, he said. I began to pray. My last opportunity and my final second on earth, I declared. That’s what I envisioned.”

Garcia said she heard an odd noise when the pilot attempted to land the aircraft. The aircraft began to rock back and forth, and she feared it might roll over. The right engine started burning.

She said the wheels snapped when it crashed. All windows were broken when she opened her eyes.

The eyewitness said the emergency door didn’t open, so the people in front began to flee and run to the back. The sole functioning emergency entrance was toward the back. Therefore, those in front had to move to the back exit.

Garcia said she was missing her shoes. She left everything on the plane, including her passport, money, cards, identification, and driver’s license.

She was so anxious last night that she was unable to sleep.