Plane fire: Spirit Airlines plane towed after brakes overheat, ignite

ATLANTA, Georgia — Passengers aboard a Spirit Airlines flight out of Tampa are safe after one of the plane’s brakes overheated and briefly caught fire while landing in Atlanta on Sunday, airport officials said.

The brakes in the landing gear of Spirit Airlines Flight 383 from Tampa caught fire upon landing, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport officials wrote in a tweet about the incident. The Atlanta Fire Department put out the fire and the plane was towed to the gate for passengers to disembark, airport officials said.

Spirit Airline said one of the plane’s brakes overheated. The airline said no passengers were injured.

Video posted to social media showed smoke underneath the plane at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.

“The aircraft was towed to the gate where the guests disembarked safely and without injury. Thank you Atlanta First Responders for hitting the plane immediately. The aircraft will be temporarily taken out of service for maintenance,” the airline said in a statement.

Scottie Nelms, a passenger on the plane, told FOX 5 that the flight was uneventful until after landing and the passengers heard a strange noise coming from the left side of the plane.

No one knew what it was until we pulled up in the middle of the runway,” Nelms told FOX 5. “We saw a flame coming out of the engine and people and I started freaking out.”

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