RED Air Flight 203

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RED Air Flight 203
Red Air MD-82, HI1064. Aircraft touched down and had its left main gear collapse causing the aircraft to catch fire. I took this photo facing the northeast. MIA. 6-21-2022.jpg
This photo of the aircraft was taken on the same day of the incident.
Date21 June 2022
SummaryRunway excursion, under investigation
SiteMiami International Airport, United States
Aircraft typeMcDonnell Douglas MD-82
OperatorRED Air
IATA flight No.L5203
ICAO flight No.REA203
Flight originLas Américas International Airport, Dominican Republic
DestinationMiami International Airport, United States

RED Air Flight 203 (L5203/REA203) was a scheduled international commercial passenger flight from Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic to Miami by RED Air.[1] On 21 June 2022, the McDonnell Douglas MD-82 aircraft operating the service suffered a landing gear collapse and runway excursion, causing the left wing of the aircraft to impact an antenna structure, followed by a subsequent fire.[2] The incident caused three people to be hospitalized with minor injuries.[3][4][5]


The aircraft involved in the accident was a McDonnell Douglas MD-82 with the registration of HI1064 and serial number 53027. The aircraft was first delivered to American Airlines in December 1990, where it operated until August 2014. The aircraft was then stored until August 2017, when it was acquired by LASER Airlines. The aircraft had previously been painted in the Orange Air livery however never entered service with the airline. The aircraft was then transferred to RED Air, a subsidiary of LASER Airlines, in February 2021.[6]

Passengers and crew[edit]

There were 140 occupants on board the accident flight: 130 passengers and 10 crew members. Airport officials reported that all of them survived. The local fire rescuer authorities reported that 3 people suffered minor injuries and were sent to the hospital.[7][8]


According to Flightradar24, RED Air Flight 203 departed from Las Américas International Airport in the Dominican Republic at 3:36 PM (19:36 UTC) and landed at Miami International Airport on runway 09 at 5:38 PM (21:38 UTC) after a flight time of 2 hours and 3 minutes on 21 June 2022.[9][10] During landing, the aircraft's left main landing gear collapsed, causing the aircraft's left wing to scratch the runway. Just before the aircraft came to a full stop, the right landing gear and nose landing gear also collapsed, resulting in damage to the aircraft's nose and a fire on the right wing. Firefighters found fuel leaking from the aircraft when they arrived on scene. The aircraft had also reportedly collided with a communication tower and a small building before catching on fire. Passengers began evacuating the plane about 5 seconds after the aircraft stopped and fled with their personal belongings.[11][12] This is RED Air's first aircraft to be involved in a hull loss accident.[13][14]

Footage of the incident[edit]

The scene was captured by Miami International Airport's CCTV camera[15] and the ground crew employee's cellphone.[16] Recently, two videos were released showing scenes onboard the aircraft during the landing and when the passengers were evacuating the aircraft. The footage was recorded by one of the passengers onboard. The first video shows the aircraft's harsh landing and the unusual vibrations before the left landing gear collapsed. The collapse of the left landing gear was heard at the end of the first video. The second video shows the passenger who recorded the footage exiting the aircraft.[17][18] Another smartphone video was released, showing the moment inside the plane from touch down on the runway until the stop of the aircraft. This video shows just what the other onboard video shows, but this video also shows the passengers’ reactions during the incident.[19]

The U.S. National Transportation Safety Board is on scene investigating the accident. A preliminary report can be expected in the coming days.[20][21][22][23]


The aircraft involved in 2008 whilst in service with American Airlines
The aircraft in 2017 whilst waiting to enter service with Orange Air
The aircraft in 2018 whilst in service with parent company LASER Airlines
This photo of the aircraft was taken about 3 months before the incident

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Fiery crash landing at Miami airport captured on video". NBC News. Retrieved 2022-06-22.
  2. ^ Weiss, Arturo (2022-06-21). "A Red Air McDonnell Douglas MD-82 Catches Fire After Landing At Miami Airport". Simple Flying. Retrieved 2022-06-22.
  3. ^ Sutton, Joe; Lynch, Jamiel; Wallace, Gregory. "3 hospitalized after commercial plane landing gear collapsed at Miami International Airport". CNN. Retrieved 2022-06-22.
  4. ^ "Plane catches fire after crash-landing at Miami airport; at least 3 hospitalized". New York Post. 2022-06-22. Retrieved 2022-06-22.
  5. ^ "Three injured as plane catches fire after landing at Miami airport".
  6. ^ "HI1064 RED AIR MCDONNELL DOUGLAS MD-82". Retrieved 22 June 2022.
  7. ^ Ranter, Harro. "ASN Aircraft accident McDonnell Douglas MD-82 HI1064 Miami International Airport, FL (MIA)". Retrieved 2022-06-22.
  8. ^ Passenger jet crash lands in Miami after catching fire | 7NEWS, retrieved 2022-06-22
  9. ^ Flightradar24. "Live Flight Tracker - Real-Time Flight Tracker Map". Flightradar24. Retrieved 2022-06-22.
  10. ^ Flightradar24. "Live Flight Tracker - Real-Time Flight Tracker Map". Flightradar24. Retrieved 2022-06-22.
  11. ^ "ASN Aircraft accident McDonnell Douglas MD-82 Miami International Airport". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 22 June 2022.
  12. ^ Passenger jet crash lands in Miami after catching fire | 7NEWS, retrieved 2022-06-22
  13. ^ Ranter, Harro. "Aviation Safety Network > ASN Aviation Safety Database > Operator index > Dominican Republic > Red Air". Retrieved 2022-06-22.
  14. ^ "3 Hospitalized After Plane Catches Fire Landing at Miami International Airport". NBC 6 South Florida. 2022-06-22. Retrieved 2022-06-22.
  15. ^ Passenger jet crash lands in Miami after catching fire | 7NEWS, retrieved 2022-06-22
  16. ^ Cellphone video captures jetliner skidding across MIA tarmac, retrieved 2022-06-22
  17. ^ Passenger Films TERRIFYING Evacuation From Burning Jet, retrieved 2022-06-22
  18. ^ Schlappig, Ben (2022-06-22). "RED Air MD-82 Catches Fire At Miami Airport After Landing". One Mile at a Time. Retrieved 2022-06-22.
  19. ^ Passenger's View of RedAir Flight's Rough Landing in Miami || ViralHog, retrieved 2022-06-25
  20. ^ Presse, AFP-Agence France. "Passenger Jet Catches Fire While Landing At Miami Airport". Retrieved 2022-06-22.
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  22. ^ "3 injured when jetliner crash lands, catches fire in Miami". Alton Telegraph. 2022-06-22. Retrieved 2022-06-22.
  23. ^ Hradecky, Simon (2022-06-22). "Accident: Red Air MD82 at Miami on Jun 21st 2022, runway excursion causes gear collapse on landing". The Aviation Herald. Retrieved 2022-06-22.