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Video: Red Air MD-82 catches fire in Miami after landing gear collapse

MIAMI, FLORIDA — A Red Air MD-82 with 126 passengers on board caught fire after landing at Miami International Airport on June 21 when the front landing gear collapsed. Three people had minor injuries during the incident. ( Plus d'info...

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Appears Fire & Rescue were on the wreck extremely fast. Great work on their part.
Erik Bruner 6
Landing gear collapse... yeah, that will happen when you approach the runway sideways.
Mark Kortum 2
At 500 fpm descent rate.
Larry Morgan 2
Just imagine 1/3 of Red Air's entire fleet was wiped out.
Peter Ertman 1
Actually it was 1/4, they had four aircraft.
Larry Morgan 1
Ok, I thought I read they had a total of 3 aircraft, thank you for the correction.
LakeGator 3
They do, NOW! ;-)
Dan Boss 1
What has happened to so called "journalism" these days? The article states it was the nosegear, when in fact it was the left main gear that collapsed on the runway, and all gear were sheared off when the plane hit the grass and slammed into the glideslope antenna and shack for runway 30.

See Blancolirio for the real scoop:

He actually flew the Mad Dog (MD-8x) and points out that because the main gear is so far aft, that if you flare incorrectly, and pull back hard to correct an improper flare, this slams the mains into the ground as the plane rotates about it's cg. He indicates that in a flare too soon, you actually need to ease the nose down to correct and avoid slamming the mains.

The other factor here, from first hand knowledge (I live between MIA and PBI) is that Tuesday afternoon the wind was extremely wicked. 20 knot gusts with lots of shear. Another cell video showed the approach and flare, and he floated almost halfway down runway 9 - and it is likely that a shearing gust caught this bad final/flare and suddenly dropped the airspeed by a good 10-20 knots, making the plane in the floating condition, drop like a rock onto the mains. It's still bad technique, but the result is the same.
sparkie624 2
Another Low Cost Airline, Hate to see this.. Only 3 Minor Injuries, That is good news. I think the crew could have done a better Job evacuating the plane... Took forever for the Front door to open and no Chute deployed that I could see.
David Isaacs 6
It also appeared that many passangers stopped to get the carry-on luggage.
Roy Hunte 2
And water bottles...
David Isaacs 6
These were to use to put out the fire.
Andre Duijnmayer 1
Personally I think everyone taking that caeey on luggage down chute should be charged with attempted manslaughter.
RECOR10 -7
This can from the Dominican...had the plane been in a massive fireball covered in muriatic acid...still better than where they left....
Yassine Cherfouni 1
The pilots did a great job . The MD 82 landing gears should either be redesigned or retire the MD 82’s .
I think it’s time to look for more modernized aircraft’s.

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