The crash landing of a jetliner that caught hearth on the runway at Miami Global Airport with 126 folks on board had travellers screaming and panicking, witnesses say.
“People were being extremely frightened,” Purple Air Flight 203 passenger Mauricio Davis explained to the Miami Herald.
“Folks had been grabbing the seats to preserve from spinning all-around.”
The fire started out on Tuesday immediately after the MD-82 jetliner’s landing equipment collapsed on arrival from the Dominican Republic, Miami-Dade Aviation Section spokesman Greg Chin said.
A few travellers ended up taken to a clinic with small accidents even though the other people ended up bussed to the terminal, Chin mentioned.
Passenger Paola Garcia stated she thought she was heading to die.
“I started out jogging and I jumped, and I assumed it was heading to explode,” she explained to WSVN.
The aircraft arrived to a stop on the grass beside a runway, where it was doused with chemical substances to place out the hearth.
At least three firefighting automobiles responded.
Crisis crews reached the aircraft in a moment and a 50 percent, in accordance to Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava.
“What transpired below is a miracle,” the mayor instructed reporters.
Airport officials mentioned in a tweet that the collapse of the entrance landing gear in the nose of the aircraft appeared to result in the fireplace.
Purple Air is a minimal-fare airline that launched previous November and only flies between Santo Domingo and Miami.
The airline has four McDonnell Douglass MD-81 and MD-82 aircraft and additional than 50 employees, the Herald claimed.
The Countrywide Transportation Security Board mentioned that a crew would arrive at the airport on Wednesday to investigate.