The Spirit A320 left the airport shortly before 6 p.m. for Fort Lauderdale, Florida
As it accelerated for takeoff, the bird flew into the aircraft’s engine, according to Spirit Airlines.
The pilot was able to safely stop the aircraft despite the engine fire.
At that time there were 102 passengers and seven crew members on board.
Two people were slightly injured, the officials said.
Spirit Airlines issued a statement that reads:
“Spirit Airlines flight 3044 from Atlantic City to Fort Lauderdale, accelerating for take-off from Atlantic City, encountered a presumably large bird that plunged into one of the aircraft’s engines.
The captain safely braked and stopped the aircraft, received an indication of engine failure and ordered an evacuation according to our standard procedures.
All guests and team members evacuated the plane and were brought back to the terminal by bus. We praise our crew for handling the situation quickly and safely.
Our guests receive a full refund, a future travel voucher, and the option to take another plane to Fort Lauderdale tonight. “
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