Videos show flames and smoke coming from plane at MIA

More than 100 passengers had to evacuate a plane after gear collapsed from its nose during landing and caused a fire on Tuesday at a Miami International Airport runway.

MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, Fla. – There was rush hour traffic on the Dolphin Expressway when an MD-82 jetliner with 126 people caught on fire during landing on Tuesday at Miami International Airport.

Rafael Medina couldn’t believe what he was seeing on the runway. The jetliner’s nose was damaged. Dark smoke billowed from a wing. The landing gear collapsed, according to the Federal Aviation Administration.

Medina, who was feet away from the plane, recorded a video showing some of the people who were evacuating were screaming and crying. They managed to slide down.

SKY 10 recorded an aerial video showing Miami-Dade firefighters quickly using a white foam to extinguish the flames. A bus later took the passengers to the terminal where some were reunited with loved ones.

Only three people suffered minor injuries, according to Greg Chin, a spokesman for the Miami-Dade Aviation Department. The National Transportation Safety Board announced a team will continue to investigate on Wednesday.

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Local 10 News Assignment Desk Editor Emily Hales contributed to this report.


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