A Spirit Airlines fire threat had quite a few passengers scared this week of fire on a local flight — with one plane rider saying he “saw the engine blow up” — but the captain only described the frightening experience as an “indication of a possible mechanical issue.” CBS News reports this Wednesday, Oct.16, that no one was fortunately hurt in the emergency landing of the Spirit Airlines plane, though many passengers’ nerves were understandably shaken.
The Spirit Airlines fire occurred outside Fort Worth Airport in Texas, shortly after a Spirit Airlines flight made it into the air. An emergency situation was soon called after a flight scare presented itself on the plane, with smoke being described filling the cabin and flames being seen outside the plane. The flight successfully flew back almost immediately after liftoff.
Although a spokesman for Spirit Airlines said that the captain called the incident a “normal landing” following the report of an “indication of a possible mechanical issue,” the passengers gave a very different account of the event, with one man saying he “saw the engine blow up.”
In either case, passengers safely deplaned the flight, but it is interesting how dissimilar the accounts are at this point in time.
Via a text message sent from a man, Casey Rogers, and his wife sent to his loved ones and intended for his kids on the Spirit Airlines fire scare:
"...I love you make sure my kids know that forever. We have a problem I [sic] the plane it's full of smoke [sic] the engine has stop and te [sic] whole plane is shaking ... I love you don't forget it!! Pray for me."
He soon was able to write via text message, “We are trying to land now … We are down we are ok …”
Rogers then talked to a local news station about the plane threat and what he viewed as an actual Spirit Airlines fire outside the aircraft, contrary to the captain’s more subtle report of a mechanical issue.
"I saw the engine blow up on the outside of the plane, fire and all that," Rogers said. "I'm thinking to myself, I see this on the movies. I'm usually on my couch eating popcorn. This never happened to me. And here I am 25,000 feet above the ground and this is happening to me."
The passenger added that the crew was very professional, and the situation was handled as calmly as possible. Mechanical issue or no (including the smoke being seen in the passengers’ cabin), the pilots were able to follow proper procedure and safely land the flight down.
Hours later, flight officials did state that smoke had entered the cabin and that “one engine was shut down, which is normal procedure and this plane can operate on one engine."
No injuries came as a result of the Spirit Airlines fire, though the cause of the plane scare remains unknown.