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Spirit plane catches fire after hitting bird at New Jersey airport

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According to the company, a Spirit Airlines flight from Atlantic City to Fort Lauderdale collided with a “big bird” while accelerating for takeoff, causing engine damage and requiring passengers and crew to evacuate.

Saturday afternoon, the event was reported.

The pilot used the brakes, bringing the plane to a stop.

Before the emergency slides were issued, video from inside the airport showed flames and smoke on one side of the plane.

Spirit claimed in a statement that they “commended” its crew for “managing the incident rapidly and safely,” and that all passengers were removed off the plane and bussed back to the terminal.

According to the airline, customers were given full refunds, a future travel voucher, and the option of flying to Fort Lauderdale on another plane.

“Spirit A320 was departing ACY for Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. At approximately 5:49 PM, the engine of the aircraft caught fire on Runway 13-31. 109 individuals on board: 102 passengers and 7 crew members. Everyone was successfully evacuated off the plane. As of right now, we have 2 reported minor injuries which called for medical transportation. No further injuries reported. The Airport is currently closed. The airplane still on runway but the fire is out. The airplane will remain there pending an investigation from the NTSB & the FAA.”

Gov. Phil Murphy of New Jersey stated that there were “no significant injuries.”

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