Red Airlines Flight L5203 – Yesterday 6/21/2020 a Miami-bound flight from Santo Domingo had a landing gear failure which caused it to erupt in flames on the runway. The plane with the callsign HI1064 is Venezuela afflicted carrier operating as Laser Airlines, this is the first incident linked to it in the last 22 years. In the video below it can be seen that the plane attempted to land had then hit the ground and then we see a hint of black smoke come out.
The MD 80’s plane is considered an older model plane and is mostly retired here in the US. It is reported that it flies 3 MD-82s and 1 MD-81, and its fleet consists of McDonnell Douglas aircraft. This aircraft was no longer produced after 1999. Boeing merged with McDonnell Douglas in 1997, ending the operations of the former aerospace manufacturer. Despite still having a fleet of aircraft designed by McDonnell Douglas in the 1990s, Delta Airlines stopped flying McDonnell Douglas aircraft in June 2020.
The Escape From the Plane – Red Airlines Flight L5203
Video shows frantic moments passengers make their way out of RedAir flight 203 after landing gear collapse & fire at MIA…some use emergency chute @WPLGLocal10 pic.twitter.com/LJKJtzLqnh— Janine Stanwood (@JanineStanwood) June 22, 2022
The Crash Caught on Tape – Red Airlines Flight L5203
#NEWS | A #RedAir MD-82 caught fire at @iflymia after an apparent landing gear collapse.
The @laserairlines affiliated carrier runs daily SDQ/MIA flights.
In 22 years, this is the first incident linked to Laser—Venezuela’s safest carrier.
(Kudos to the crew for a rapid evac!) pic.twitter.com/2XGC9zDaNs— Enrique Perrella (@Enrique77W) June 22, 2022
Footage online was posted on Twitter of this Md82 from Laser draining fuel from its wing, it’s unknown if this was the same plane in the Miami incident
Maybe in MIA. But in Caracas… https://t.co/sNbBXIt4D0— Víctor Amaya (@victoramaya) June 22, 2022
What is the Md82? –
Well MD stands for McDonnell Douglas and it was a leading American aerospace manufacturer. The company was founded by James Smith McDonnell and his partner, Dutchman Emil “Bus” Hughes in 1939. The company produced numerous fighter planes during World War II, including the F-4 Phantom II, which remained in production until the early 1990s.
In 1967, McDonnell Douglas merged with the aerospace division of the Hughes Aircraft Company. The new company was renamed the McDonnell Douglas Corporation. In the early 1980s, McDonnell Douglas began producing the MD-80 series of airliners. The MD-80 was a direct competitor to the Boeing 737.
In 1997, McDonnell Douglas merged with the Boeing Company. The new company was renamed the Boeing Commercial Airplanes Group. The McDonnell Douglas Corporation ceased to exist as a separate entity.
The Md82 was an upgraded model of the well-known MD 80.
The McDonnell Douglas md80 series is a long-range, narrow-body, four-engine commercial jet airliner. It is a derivative of the DC-9 and is produced by McDonnell Douglas (now Boeing Commercial Airplanes). The series includes md81, md82, md83, md87, and md88. The md80 series was introduced in October 1980, and the last aircraft was delivered in December 1999.
The md80 series is a shortened, stretched, and upgraded version of the DC-9. The DC-9 was developed from the Boeing 727, and the md80 series is a further development of the DC-9. The md80 series has a longer fuselage, a higher maximum takeoff weight, and a higher fuel capacity than the DC-9. The md80 series also has more powerful engines, upgraded avionics, and a redesigned cockpit.
The md80 series was originally produced in two versions: the md81, which has a maximum seating capacity of 105 passengers, and the md82, which has a maximum seating capacity of 130 passengers. The md83, md87, and md88 are all larger variants of the md81 and md82, with a maximum seating capacity of 140 passengers.
The md80 series has been used by many airlines, including American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, and Swissair. The md80 series is scheduled to be replaced by the Boeing 737 Next Generation and the Airbus A320 Family.
American Airlines retired its MD80 back on Sept 4, 2019 [Source] Other MD known crashes [Here]
Update on #Miami:
A #RedAir passenger plane traveling from the #Domimicana crash-landed at @iflymia.
🔺All passengers survived, 3 hospitalized with minor injuries – MDFRpic.twitter.com/bsHJLoCA0Z— The Modern Times of Long Beach 🌎 (@ModernTimesLB) June 22, 2022
🚨#BREAKING: Aircraft catches fire as its landing gear collapsed
📌#Miami l #Florida
Multiple Emergency crews are currently at the scene as Red Air aircraft catches fire as its landing gear collapsed after landing at Miami International Airport All passengers been evacuated pic.twitter.com/3D8Ioak9kn— R A W S A L E R T S (@rawsalerts) June 21, 2022
View from a parked car outside of the airport
#RedAir MD80 just caught fire after landing at MIA airport
All passengers look to be safe as they exited the plane pic.twitter.com/go66ozwRSX— zalmy cohen (@emalevin) June 21, 2022
Official message from the Airlines:
“Red Airlines informs the public today Tuesday, June 21st at 5:45 pm the flight L5203 that was routed from Santo Domingo (SDQ) to Miami (MIA), has technical difficulties while attempting a landing in Miami.
We want to inform you that 130 passengers and 10 crew were evacuated and are being treated within the protocols that are applicable in this case.
The Comission of the Institute of Dominican Civil Aeronautics in conjunction with the local authorities in Miami have started an investigation to discover the circumstances that lead to the incident.
At Red Air, we express our absolute solidarity to the passengers and crew that were on board the airplane”
Sources = https://thepointsguy.com/news/avgeek-farewell-md-80/