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Crash Landing at Miami International Airport Leaves Passengers Injured
On Tuesday, June 21, RED Air flight 203 from Santo Domingo Was landing at Miami International Airport When a problem with the landing gear turned what was supposed to be a safe and typical landing into a far more dangerous incident.
According to Miami-Dade Aviation Department spokesman Greg Chin, the plane’s landing gear collapsed as it arrived at the tarmac. One witness who arrived at the scene shortly after the crash landing stated “Apparently a tire burst, and then it went back up and came back down, and the landing was so hard, that the entire landing apparatus was destroyed and the belly of the plane is on the ground.”
As the plane slid along the ground and off the runway it struck various obstructions. These included a crane tower and a small building.
The plane eventually came to a stop on a grassy area. However, by this point, the vehicle had caught fire.
Passengers were understandably in fear for their lives throughout the ordeal. Numerous passengers directly told reporters and journalists that they believed they were going to die during the crash landing.
Fortunately, none of the passengers lost their lives, and fire crews were able to extinguish the flames relatively quickly.
That’s not to say that none of the passengers were harmed at all. According to officials, at least three passengers sustained injuries requiring immediate medical treatment.
Determining why the landing gear failed will require a thorough investigation. As of this writing, it remains unclear precisely who may be at fault for the equipment failure.
It is far too early to place the blame on anyone. It is even possible that the equipment failed due to factors outside of anyone’s control.
That said, it is also important to note that these types of malfunctions often occur because of negligence. For example, the designers of the equipment may have overlooked errors or risk factors that should have been noticed and addressed. It’s also possible that the equipment’s manufacturers overlooked defects.
The airline itself may be to blame as well. Airlines have a duty to ensure their vehicles are properly maintained and inspected on a regular basis. Airplanes are extremely complex machines consisting of tremendous numbers of critical parts. If any of these parts fail, lives can be lost. The fact that no one died as a result of this crash does not mean a similar incident in the future won’t result in loss of life.
Even those who survive a plane crash may still be left with injuries that can require costly medical treatment. These injuries can also result in lost wages, pain and suffering, and various other losses and damages.
Victims deserve to be compensated accordingly if it can be shown that their accidents resulted from negligence.
Are you one of the individuals who was harmed as a result of RED Air flight 203’s crash landing? Or, have you been injured in any other aviation accident?
If so, our experienced Florida plane and aviation accident attorneys at Colson Hicks Eidson are on hand to help you pursue any compensation for which he may be eligible. Learn more about how we can help by contacting us online or calling us at 305-476-7400 to schedule a case evaluation.