MIAMI – A jetliner's landing gear caught fire on the runway at Miami International Airport after two tires blew out during landing, officials said. No one was injured, and the fire was quickly extinguished.
The US Airways Flight 431 was arriving from Charlotte, North Carolina, with 113 passengers and five crew members when it blew two tires on the runway shortly before noon, airline spokesman Morgan Durrant said.
A small fire ignited in one of the Boeing 737's tires, Durrant said.
The passengers and crew escaped using inflatable slides from the plane's exits, then waited in a grassy area near the runway, officials said. Helicopter footage showed the flames extinguished and the plane surrounded by white foam.
According to Federal Aviation Administration records, the plane was built in 1989.