After getting the scare of their lives, the passengers do not stop telling stories about the terrible moments they experienced during the emergency landing at Miami International Airport (MIA) of the plane they were traveling on.
“People were terrified,” Mauricio Davis, of Weston, told the Miami Herald, recalling the screams and panic of passengers when they saw the flames Tuesday night. Davis was returning from Venezuela and took the connecting flight in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.
“People were holding onto seats to avoid bumping into each other,” Davis said.
The RED Air airline plane landed at MIA after experiencing a landing gear problem. The craft slid down the runway until it came to a stop, filling the air with black smoke.
Investigators from the Department of Homeland Security in Transportation (TSA) will go to the airport on Wednesday to analyze the accident.
“I thought I was going to die,” Paola García told reporters gathered at the airport, later telling WSVN that she thought the plane was going to explode.
Passengers aboard Flight 203 told Local10 and Miami Herald news partner CBS4 that the plane shook badly, windows were broken and one of the wings caught fire.
“I felt very scared,” Violeta Torres, a 92-year-old grandmother, told Univision 23. Torres said that she fell when she tried to escape. She had a bandaged knee.
All 126 passengers aboard the ship survived. Three people were taken to hospital with minor injuries.
“What happened is a true miracle,” Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava said at the airport. The mayor stressed that the emergency teams reached the plane in just a minute and a half.
Translation of Jorge Posada
This story was originally published on June 22, 2022 10:59 a.m.