A Spirit Airlines Airbus A320 caught fire Sunday morning on the runway at Atlanta’s Hartsfield–Jackson International Airport after the brakes in the landing gear ignited. No injuries were reported.
Spirit Airlines Plane Catches Fire In ATL
Atlanta Fire Rescue responded to the fire at 9:25am after the brakes in the landing gear ignited after touching down on a flight from Tampa (TPA).
Graphic video of the event was captured by an onlooker:
Spirit Airlines plane.. on fire at ATL? pic.twitter.com/NZV9PAwapJ
— Alaina Hardie (@trianglegrrl) July 10, 2022
Spirit issued the following statement on the event:
“Spirit Flight 383 from Tampa to Atlanta landed safely in Atlanta International Airport and upon landing one of the brakes overheated. The aircraft was towed to the gate where Guests safely deplaned without any injuries. Thank you to the Atlanta first responders for immediately meeting the aircraft. The plane will be temporarily removed from service for maintenance.”
Atlanta Airport also added a statement on Twitter:
🚨At 925 am today, brakes in the landing gear of @SpiritAirlines flight 383 from Tampa ignited. @ATLFireRescue put out the fire and the aircraft was towed to gate D2 where passengers disembarked. There were no injuries reported and operations have not been impacted.
— Atlanta Airport (@ATLairport) July 10, 2022
Scottie Nelms, a passenger on the plane, told Fox 5 Atlanta:
“Once we landed it made a weird noise from the left side of the plane. Nobody knew what it was until we stopped completely in the middle of the landing strip. We saw a flame coming from the engine and people and myself started freaking out.”
Flight attendants advised passengers to remain seated and that no evacuation was necessary:
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A Spirit Airlines A320 caught fire upon landing at Atlanta Airport. No passengers were injured and no emergency evacuation was necessary. It’s not every day that you see a landing gear ignite, causing flames upon landing. Thankfully, the fire was quickly contained and no injures were reported.
For our pilot readers, how does a fire like this happen? Was it weather conditions coupled with the way in which the aircraft was landed? Were you on this flight? Please share your experiences below?
image: Alaina Hardie / Twitter