A FINE AIR McDonnell Douglas DC-8-61 freighter (N27UA) with four people on board crashed on 7 August while attempting to take off from Miami International Airport. The four people, including three flightcrew and a security guard, are believed to have been killed.

The DC-8, which was being operated on all-cargo service (Flight 101) to Santa Domingo in the Dominican Republic, had taken off from Miami's runway 27R at about 12:30 local time. According to reports, the aircraft suffered an engine problem, possibly a fire, during the take-off, and came down 400m (1,300ft) from the end of the runway in a commercial area and caught fire.

The 1968-built DC-8 was one of 15 operated by Miami-based Fine Air on freight services to Latin America and the Caribbean. Fine Air was set up in 1992 and operates a hub at Miami International. It has regional offices in Houston, Los Angeles and Toronto.

Source: Flight International