August 13, 2022

The brakes of a Spirit Airlines plane caught fire after landing in Atlanta: NPR

The brakes of a Spirit Airlines plane caught fire after landing in Atlanta: NPR

The brakes on a Spirit Airlines plane overheated and caught fire after landing in Atlanta on Sunday. File photo of a Spirit Airlines plane.

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The brakes on a Spirit Airlines plane overheated and caught fire after landing in Atlanta on Sunday. File photo of a Spirit Airlines plane.

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Passengers on a Spirit Airlines flight were alarmed to see smoke rising from the belly of the plane after landing in Atlanta on Sunday morning.

First responders put out the flames that broke out after the aircraft brakes overheated and caught fire at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, Advertise Atlanta Airport via Twitter. No one was injured as a result of the fire, but many passengers on board were alarmed by the situation outside.

Videos on Twitter showed black smoke billowing from the bottom of the plane, while a small fire engulfed a tire. Another video from inside the plane showed passengers rising from their seats to peek out the windows while the crew urged them to remain seated.

“If the pilot gives us the order to evacuate, we will evacuate, but please remain seated for now and keep the taxiway routes clear,” the crew announced via intercom. “If we have to evacuate, please leave your bags. We’ll tell you, please stay seated.”

Once the fire was extinguished, the plane was towed to a gate where passengers safely disembarked and went on their way, according to Atlanta Airport. The incident did not affect any other flights or airport operations.