“Please remain seated”: A terrifying moment. Spirit Airlines plane bursts into flames on landing in Atlanta as brakes overheat and fliers scream in terror as crew tells them to stay calm
- Flight 383 was flying from Tampa, Florida to Atlanta, Georgia on Sunday
- According to representatives of the Harsfield-Jackson company, a fault caught fire when the plane landed
- Firefighters extinguished the fire, and the plane safely disembarked passengers at one of the airport’s gates
- Spirit said one of the rear sections of the plane overheated, but no one was hurt
- Footage from inside the plane shows worried passengers getting up from their seats and looking through portholes as smoke billows into the air
- The aircraft is temporarily taken out of commercial service for inspection
Terrified passengers aboard a Spirit Airlines flight from Tampa are safe after one of the plane’s brakes overheated and briefly caught fire while landing in Atlanta on Sunday, causing chaos on board, a video circulating on social media shows.
The brakes on the landing gear of Spirit Airlines Flight 383 from Tampa caught fire during landing, officials at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport tweeted about the incident.
Airport officials said Atlanta firefighters extinguished the fire and the plane was towed to the gate so panicked passengers could disembark.
Spirit Airlines said one of the plane’s brakes overheated.
Passengers were not injured or killed, the airline shared publicly.
Spirit Airlines Flight 383 from Tampa, Florida to Atlanta, Georgia caught fire as it landed at Hartfield-Jackson Airport on Sunday, with smoke billowing from the plane. One of the broken wheels of the plane caught fire
A video posted on social media shows smoke coming from the plane at Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport.
“The aircraft was towed to the gate, where the guests were safely disembarked without any injuries. Thank you to Atlanta EMS for promptly meeting the aircraft,” the airline said in a statement.
“The aircraft will be temporarily taken out of service for maintenance,” it added.
Footage from inside the plane shows concerned passengers getting up from their seats and looking through portholes as smoke continues to pour from under the plane.
Stewards can then be heard telling passengers to remain calm and leave the middle aisle clear in the event of an evacuation.
“Please remain seated,” a Spirit Airlines flight attendant tells passengers over the plane’s public address system.
Passengers on board were recorded standing up from the edges of their seats and watching the smoke through the plane’s portholes, before flight attendants asked them to leave the middle aisle clear and “please remain seated”.
A plane managed to reach one of the gates of the Atlanta airport, disembarking passengers, without reporting any deaths or injuries
Scotty Nelms, a passenger on the plane said FOX 5 that the flight was uneventful until, after landing, the passengers heard a strange noise from the left side of the plane.”
Nobody knew what it was until we came to a complete stop in the middle of the runway,” Nelms told FOX 5.
“We saw flames coming out of the engine and people and I started freaking out.”
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Aircraft tires are completely manufactured to withstand a wide range of temperatures, ranging from minus 60 degrees Celsius (140F) at an altitude of 10,000 meters (32,808 feet) to boiling on landing in some of the hottest areas of the world.
And even though the probability of an airplane catching fire is small, incidents involving flames on airplanes are not uncommon. According to Consumer Reports, an airplane fire occurs in the US every 10-11 days on average.