Passengers on board a Spirit Airlines plane were frightened to see smoke billowing from the belly of the plane after it landed in Atlanta on Sunday morning.
First aiders extinguished the flames that erupted after the plane’s brakes overheated and caught fire at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. announced Atlanta Airport on Twitter. No one was injured as a result of the fire, but many passengers on board were frightened by the situation outside.
Videos on Twitter showed black smoke billowing from the underside of the plane while a small fire consumed one of the tires. Another video from inside the plane showed passengers getting up from their seats to look out the windows while the crew urged them to stay seated.
“If the pilot gives us the command to evacuate, we will evacuate, but please stay seated right now and keep the walkways clean,” the crew announced over the intercom. “If we have to evacuate, please leave your luggage. We will let you know, please stay seated.”
After the fire was extinguished, the plane was towed to a street where passengers got off safely and continued, according to Atlanta Airport. The incident did not affect any other flights or airport operations.